Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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.