Frequently Asked Questions

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I am an emeritus UCB faculty member, and in MyOskiCat, the Inventory screen lists a date for the expiration of my library privileges - why? So far as I know there is no expiration date for faculty library privileges. Please clarify.

In the case of emeritus faculty, the expiration date is something of an automatically renewed "placeholder" that denotes an ongoing appointment -  it exists more for our finite term users such as alumni, CA residents and students from other universities whose accounts actually do expire.The expiration you see as an emeritus faculty will move forward in congruence with every new semester to always stay approximately two years into the future.

OskiCat requires that all users have some finite expiration date in their accounts.

How do I add the catalog information for the items I already have checked out to the "My List" section on OskiCat? This is useful if I need this information after I have returned books to the library.

Once you are logged in to My OskiCat you can view the entire inventory of items you have checked out. Click on the title of an item in your inventory and save it using "Save Records" button. Return to your inventory to add more items this way (unfortunately, you can't add several items at once from the list of checked out items). Once you save one or more items, you can click the "View Saved" button and add titles to a new or saved list by clicking the "Save to My Lists" button. In My OskiCat, view "My Lists" to see the lists you have created.

How can Berkeley patrons request material from Stanford via the Research Library Cooperative Program (RLCP)?

UC Berkeley graduate students, faculty, and academic staff have special access to Stanford's library collections through the Research Library Cooperative Program.  However, OskiCat does not allow UC Berkeley users to make direct requests for material from the Stanford catalog. 

When you want to submit a request for an item in Stanford's library catalog, open our Research Library Cooperative Program page.  It provides information on the program, and links to the Stanford library catalog and to the request form.

Use the citation you find in Stanford's catalog to complete the RLCP request form.

I heard there was a bookstore in Doe Library. Is this true?

The Library Bookstore closed in June 2011, but occasional special booksales will continue.  These will be announced on our website, and also via email.

How do I find reserve materials for my classes?

You can use OskiCat to search for books and other items on course reserve. Click on the Course Reserves tab at the top of the screen, and then enter the department and course number OR your instructor's name. To retrieve the item you're looking for, write down its library location and call number. At most UCB libraries, reserves are kept behind the circulation desk - give the call number to a desk staffer, who will retrieve it for you. Your Cal 1 Card is your library card, which you will need to check the item out.

I'm a visiting scholar at UCB. How do I apply for library privileges?

Visiting Scholars must receive official appointments with a UC Berkeley Department or Organized Research Unit, and register with the Visiting Scholars and Postdoc Affairs (VSPA) Program. The University Services Fee for registering as a Visiting Scholar is $500. After registering with VSPA, the valid registration card should be taken to the Library Privileges Desk (Doe Library, floor 1) to obtain a Library Card.

If you have questions:
Privileges Desk
Doe Library, Floor 1

M-F: 9am - 4:45pm
Sat-Sun: 1pm - 4:45pm

Can you help me figure out the Doe/Moffitt/Bancroft/Gardner Stacks library complex?

Yes. Take a look at this elevation map to determine locations and entrances - the perspective is from Memorial Glade. You may also download a PDF version.

Click the image for a larger version.

Doe & Moffitt Libraries - elevation

What is the fee for UC Berkeley - Extension students for library privileges?

UC Extension students, including those concurrently enrolled in UC Berkeley may purchase a six-month Library card by presenting proof of current registration. The fee is $25. All applicants must provide proof of California residence by presenting a current government-issued ID such as a driver's license or passport. Payment may be made by VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Discover Card, bank debit card, personal check or money order, made payable to The Regents of the University of California.

One-year and six-month Library cards grant borrowing privileges and access to the Gardner (MAIN) Stacks, Moffitt Library, and most subject specialty libraries, however, privileges do not extend to Interlibrary borrowing services, or access to course reserves. Access to special collections and services may be restricted. Cardholders may have a maximum of twenty books checked out at any given time. Note: UC Extension students who are concurrently enrolled in UC Berkeley are accorded the same privileges as UC Berkeley students.

If you have questions, contact the Privileges Desk in Doe Library, Floor 1 at 510-642-3403 or

I am an undergraduate student graduating in December. Do I still have access to electronic library resources (UC-links) after graduation? If so, how long after graduation?

Library Privileges are subject to expiration following graduation, and typically expire within a matter of weeks. Users may apply for an Alumni Library Borrowing Card if they are members of the Alumni Association, although they will NOT have access to electronic resources via this membership. Information for Alumni has additional information and application details.

After graduation, you can also gain "research access" to online library resources using publicly accessible (e.g., Doe Library) computers.

What are the penalties for the late return of a recalled book?

Late recall books follow the same fine and fee process as typical overdue books. You will receive a courtesy reminder via the email address specified in your library account, specifying the new due date for the recalled item. Thereafter, overdue notices will be issued 4 days, 14 days, and 30 days after the due date.

When the second (14-day) overdue notice has been issued, your borrowing privileges will be blocked and a bill warning will be generated. Bills for lost items are equal to $150 or the value of the book, whichever is greater, plus a  $10 bill processing fee.

Upon return of the overdue item, the cost of the book will be waived, but the $10 bill processing fee will remain. Patrons who accrue more than $50 in fines will be blocked from using the library until fines are paid at the Doe Library Privileges Desk.

Fines also accrue for overdue reserve items. For two-hour reserve items, fines are $2.50 for every 20 minutes overdue.