Frequently Asked Questions
How can non-affiliated users who need dissertations from NRLF (308t) that are not in the Digital Dissertations database go about getting access to the original dissertation?
Original printed Berkeley dissertations [308t] are restricted, Library-use-only items, so patrons need to request them at the circulation desk of the owning library. The requested item will arrive at the owning library within 2 working days, and can be viewed or scanned in the building.
Dissertations cannot be viewed at the Northern Regional Library Facility (NRLF) because they are restricted for use at the owning library only.
Patrons who plan to be on campus for only one day may contact the circulation desk of the owning library 2 days in advance of their visit, to request that the dissertation be brought to campus. Circulation desk and library phone numbers can be found on a library's homepage.
For more information see the FAQ: Can members of the public access materials from NRLF?
Yes. For the duration of your proxy session, your browser will need to accept all cookies, in order to ensure normal operation and prevent unauthorized access to licensed resources.
If you're concerned about the privacy implications of allowing all cookies, please consider the following approaches:
- Configure your browser to delete cookies on exit, and exit at the end of each web browsing session. You can also delete cookies manually whenever you like. Here are instructions for Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari, and Safari for iPad.
- Use a different browser when you access licensed resources. Configure it to use the proxy, and to accept all cookies.
- In a browser that supports profiles, like Firefox, configure one profile for proxy use with all cookies allowed, and one for other use.
- Instead of the proxy server, use the VPN (Virtual Private Network) system.
What if my academic record is blocked for library fees? How long after payment before the library's block on my academic record is cleared?
Academic blocks are cleared 24 hours after payment of library fines/fees.
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:
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.
- 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 PrinterOn.
- MacBook Air 13” (256GB SSD, 8GB RAM) laptops are available, some with OSX and some with Windows OS. The following software is installed: Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Creative Suite, Java, Flash, RealPlayer, Silverlight, etc.
- 32GB iPad Airs are available, with apps for office editing and reading ebooks.
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.
The library will send you an email notification when the item you requested is ready to be picked up at the Circulation Desk. We will also notify you if your request is canceled. Requests may be canceled for a variety of reasons, such as when the item can't be located in the library, the item cannot be checked out to you, or you have exceeded your item request limit. Communication is by email, so check your library record to make sure the email address we have on file for you is correct.
Requests generally will be fulfilled within 1-3 business days, which allows one day for the request, one day for printing of the hold slip and pulling the item, and one day for mailroom delivery to the requested hold shelf location. If you need an item sooner than three business days, you should go directly to the owning library and check it out in person.
Yes, as well as on many other other smartphones and internet-enabled handhelds, but you will usually need to to configure your mobile browser to use the Library's Proxy Server. Note: You must be using Wi-Fi to connect to the Library Proxy Server and you must repeat these steps for each Wi-Fi network to which you connect. On the iPhone, follow these steps:
- Go to Settings.
- Select Wi-Fi.
- Select the Wi-Fi Network to which you are connected.
- In the Wi-Fi Networks window, tap on the arrow to the right of your Wi-Fi network name.
- Your IP Address selection should be DHCP.
- Scroll down to the bottom of the screen to HTTP Proxy.
- Select Auto.
- In the URL text box, enter:
Be sure to include "http://", and do not insert any empty spaces before or after the URL.
- If you're using an iPad, your software keyboard is probably still visible. Tap on the bottom right key to hide the keyboard and save the proxy URL setting.
- Go back to the home screen and open your web browser. When you come to a UC- or UCB-licensed resource, you will be asked for your CalNet login.
To configure your laptop off-campus or your desktop web browser, read our proxy setup instructions.
Note: If you connect to the Internet through CalVisitor, you will not be able to access licensed library resources, or use the Library Proxy Server to access licensed library resources.