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Do library computers have programs like MatLab, SPSS, Stata, Stat/Transfer, ArcGIS, and Microsoft Office applications installed?

  • The Data Lab in Doe Library offers full access to ARCGIS, R, SAS, SPSS, Stat Transfer, and Stata to students needing to use and manipulate numeric data sets, as well as a scanner available to any researcher:
  • Many UC Berkeley libraries provide word processing and desktop applications on public computers (CalNet ID required). See the list of software on public computers.
  • Workstation & Microcomputer Facilities around campus, including on the first floor of Moffitt Library, also provide wordprocessing and desktop applications. Check the W&MF website for locations and to see what's available at each location.
  • Students, faculty and staff can also purchase educational copies of many software programs from the campus at Software Central

Doe Library and Annex floor 1


I'm a new student/staff/faculty member. How do I get a library card?

For UC Berkeley registered students, faculty, instructors, lecturers and staff, your Cal 1 Card serves as your library card for borrowing materials and for access to the Main (Gardner) Stacks, Moffitt Library, the Media Resources Center and other areas requiring a Cal ID.

UC Berkeley unregistered undergraduates or graduate students on filing fee status can apply to have your library privileges extended. Visiting Scholars can also apply for library privileges.

If you have questions:

Privileges Desk

Doe Library, Floor 1
(510) 642-3403

During Spring and Fall Semester:
M-F: 9am - 4:45pm
Sat-Sun: 1pm - 4:45pm

Check the Library Hours database for up-to-date hours information.

I was looking up a journal in OskiCat that turned out to be located at the NRLF. I noticed a link that read "Request an electronic copy from NRLF." Is this free, and/or too good to be true?

This service is both free and easy. UC Berkeley faculty, students, staff, and patrons with a library card, may use OskiCat to request electronic copies of book chapters, conference papers, or journal articles located at the NRLF. For eligible journal or book titles at NRLF, you'll see this message in the item's OskiCat record:

Title Computers in industry
Imprint [Amsterdam] North-
Holland Pub. Co
Link to online version(s):
Request an electronic copy from NRLF

v.1(1979)- ScienceDirect. Restricted to UC campuses

The documents (PDFs) will be posted to the Web within two working days. NRLF will notify you via email when the document is ready. Requests for articles, etc., from "RESTRICTED USE" items, and requests for entire publications/issues, will not be filled.

What is an 'Affiliated Library?'

There are two types of libraries on campus: The University Library system and the Affiliated Libraries. The former includes Doe/Moffitt and the subject specialty libraries, while the latter are typically connected to particular departments, professional schools, or organized research institutes.

I am an emeritus UCB faculty member, and in My OskiCat, 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