Frequently Asked Questions

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Do any of the libraries have scanners?

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.

How can I find a job in the Library?

You can see a list of currently available positions for students, staff, and librarians at the Library Human Resources website.

Can I call or text message someone for research help?

You may email, call, and chat with a librarian, but not text. See the research help page for more information.

Is there a guide for finding primary sources?

We feature several pages that can help you find primary sources in the Library and beyond.

A good first step is our guide to Finding Historical Primary Sources.

Can I pay someone in the Library to help me with my research or homework?

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.

Can I renew my books online?

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.

To renew books online, click on the Renew Items tab in OskiCat, or the My OskiCat link in the top right corner of every OskiCat screen.

See the Renew page for more information.

Do I need to come to a library to get research help?

No. The libraries provide a number of research help options.

What computers and software are available in the Library?

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.

Our public computers do not have software for editing documents, spreadsheets, presentations, etc., but word processing applications and scanners (for UCB students, faculty, and staff) are available in the Moffitt Microcomputer Facility and in other campus microcomputing facilities (hours). We also offer specialized equipment for Users with Disabilities.

Printing from Microcomputer Facility computers and laptops is available and requires adding printing credit to your Cal 1 Card in the libraries.

Some Microcomputer Facilities offer color printing (in addition to B&W); some provide scanners.

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.

How do I get to the UC Berkeley campus?

The Visitor Services website has extensive information about traveling to campus.

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