Frequently Asked Questions
Yes. All of the UC Berkeley libraries have BookScan stations. Materials can be printed on paper, or scanned directly to a flash drive. Flash drives may be purchased in the Moffitt Library Copy Center. For more information see the Print/Scan page.
Scanners are also available in campus microcomputing facilities for current UC Berkeley students, faculty, and staff. Others are advised to visit a commercial service near campus for word processing and general computer use.
Actually, our reference staff can help you find the resources you are looking for for free (we draw the line at doing your homework, though). Non-UC Berkeley users are encouraged to start with their public or academic library to use the local or regional resources to their maximum benefit, and to request items through the interlibrary loan(ILL) services of those libraries.
You can renew most books online, except for:
- items recalled by another person
- items with a very short loan period (such as most course reserves)
- items overdue to the point that they have blocked your borrowing privileges
- items billed for replacement.
See the Renew page for more information.
Computers with access to library resources and the Internet are available in all campus libraries. UC Berkeley students, faculty, and staff doing research are given priority for computer use, and entry of a CalNet ID is required for full Internet access.
Many public computers include wordprocessing and other desktop applications (CalNet ID required). See the list of software on public computers.
The Library Data Lab (UCB students, faculty, and staff) is available for the specific purpose of numeric data research. Workstations have a variety of data analysis and GIS software.