Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, appointments for the Research Advisory Service (RAS) are now exclusively made online - Cal undergrads login with their CalNetID instead of signing up at the Doe Reference Desk. RAS lets undergraduate students book a 30-minute appointment with a librarian who will help refine and focus research inquiries, identify useful online and print sources, and develop search strategies for humanities and social sciences topics.
You can also always get research help online, by phone, or in person.
No, full internet access in the Libraries is restricted to current UCB faculty, staff, and students. Visitors can, however, have basic or "research" access to library resources, which includes library catalogs, article databases, and other licensed library resources. For more information see the computers in the libraries page.
Public computers in the libraries allow printing from online sources such as web pages or email attachments, and from any software application found on the machine. CalNet ID is required to access public computers that include word processing and other desktop applications.
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.