UC Berkeley Library

Frequently Asked Questions

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May I save my work to a borrowed Library laptop or iPad?

No. Library devices use Deep Freeze to restrict data from being saved to the hard drive. All of your work will be lost when the device is shut down. You must save your work to cloud-based services or to an external drive.

Does the Library have a charger for my cell phone or tablet?

  • Phone chargers are available for checkout in Moffitt Library, floor 4.
  • There are 10 Android and 10 Apple Lightning USB wall chargers with cables available for check-out to UC Berkeley students at Moffitt Library and the Engineering Library Circulation Desk.
    • The loan period is two hours with no renewal or overnight.
    • Students must present their Cal1 ID card to borrow.
    • See Library charges and fines for replacement and overdue charges.
       

How long can I borrow a library laptop?

Laptops and iPads may be borrowed for 4 hours, 1 day, or 14 days depending on location. Please see the Electronic Devices Lending Policy for more information.

Can I reserve a laptop to check-out ahead of time?

No, devices may not be reserved in advance. Library laptops and iPads are available at Moffitt Library, Social Research Library, Engineering Library and the Bioscience & Natural Resources Library on a first-come, first-served basis. You can check their availability in OskiCat:

Can I check out a library laptop for a class presentation?

Yes, library laptops and iPads may be borrowed from Moffitt Library, Social Research Library, Engineering Library and the Bioscience & Natural Resources Library. Display adapters are only available at the Media Resources Center. They may be checked out for four-hour loans.

Can I check out a laptop at the library?

Yes. UC Berkeley undergraduate and graduate students with a valid Cal ID or yellow library card can borrow MacBook Air laptops and iPads from Moffitt Library, Social Research Library, Engineering Library and the Bioscience & Natural Resources Library.

Eligible students must be in good standing with the library (no fines, no overdue items, and no blocks).

UC Berkeley staff and faculty are not eligible to borrow library laptops, nor are members of the public or other non-student users with library privileges.

See the Electronic Devices Lending Policy for important guidelines, and a link to the Electronic Agreement Form.

Circulation details

  • Item may be borrowed for 4 hours (no overnight), 1 day or 14 days depending on location.
  • Laptops and iPads must be returned in-person to the library from which they were borrowed.
  • Laptops and iPads are available on a first-come, first-served basis and are not available to reserve ahead of time. You can check current availability in OskiCat (iPad, MacBook Air with OSX, MacBook Air with Windows).
  • Only one device can be checked out at a time per patron.
  • Printing is available directly from library laptops or iPads via Mobileprint.

Technical details

  • MacBook Air 13” (256GB SSD, 8GB RAM) laptops are available, some with OSX and some with Windows.
  • 32GB iPad Airs are available, with apps for office editing and reading ebooks.

Software

Windows 10 Education

  • ArcGIS for Desktop
  • Adobe Creative Cloud 2017
  • Adobe Flash
  • Adobe Shockwave
  • Chrome
  • Firefox
  • Microsoft Edge & Internet Explorer 11
  • Citrix Receiver with (SPSS and Stata)
  • iTunes
  • Java 8
  • Microsoft Office Pro Plus 2016
  • Microsoft Silverlight
  • Microsoft.NET framework
  • QGIS
  • R for Windows
  • VLC Media Player
  • Windows Media Player
  • WinSCP

MAC OSX - Sierra

  • Adobe Creative Cloud 2017
  • Adobe Flash
  • Chrome
  • Citrix Receiver with (SPSS and Stata)
  • Cyberduck
  • Firefox
  • iTunes
  • Microsoft Office Plus 2016
  • Safari
  • VLC Media Player

Fines and charges

Borrowers are responsible for loss, damage, and theft of a laptop or iPad while in their possession. Borrowers should verify the condition of the device at the time of check-out and upon check-in. See the Pay fines page for replacement and overdue charges.

How do I get wireless access for my laptop, mobile, or PDA?

Wireless access is available in all campus libraries. Please see the guide Wi-Fi in the Libraries for more information.