Frequently Asked Questions
Usually you will not be able to check out recent issues of journals and magazines that haven't yet been bound. However, printer/scanners are located in each campus library for your convenience. You can also search for an online version of the title you are looking for.
After journals are bound they are typically shelved in a library's stacks like books. Depending on the library, they may be shelved by call number or title. Loan periods for bound journals vary. Consult a library's website for more information.
If you search for a book in OskiCat and find that it has already been checked out by another borrower, you can now submit a request for it online, as long as there are no other copies currently available on campus (this includes copies that could be checked out, and also reference copies that can be used in the library).
If no such copies are available, you will see a Request button in OskiCat (see image below).
When you select this option you will be prompted to log in with either your Library/Cal1 card number and PIN, or your CalNet ID and passphrase. The login screen explains more about these options.
You will then be able to select the UCB library where you want the book delivered.
When you submit a request, the borrower who currently has the item will receive a message to return it within seven days. When the item is returned, you will receive an email when it is available to be picked up.
To view the requests you have pending, click on the My OskiCat link, located in top right corner of each OskiCat screen.
This stands for the Northern Regional Library Facility. Located on the Richmond Field Station grounds, NRLF is the off-site shelving facility for UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Santa Cruz, UC Merced, and UC San Francisco. Materials in all formats are shelved at NRLF including books, manuscripts, newspapers, long-playing records, microforms, audiocassettes, videotapes, and maps.
Also, many NRLF items have been scanned and are available online from HathiTrust and Google Books. For more information, see our find books and ebooks page.