Frequently Asked Questions
Books and other items you have checked out should be returned to the circulation desk during the hours the library is open, and to outdoor/after hours book returns when the library is closed. These are typically bins or drop slots located near library entrances. For example, book returns are located to the right of the front door of Moffitt Library, to the right of the south entrance to Doe Library, and on the north side of Doe at the far left of the plaza.
Items that are "Library Use Only" may not be removed from the library, and must be returned to the Circulation Desk.
UC Berkeley students, faculty and staff pay with their Cal 1 Card.
Visitors can request a Cal 1 Guest Card from a library public service desks, or the Copy Center, located just inside the entrance to the Moffitt Library.
Only the Copy Center can accept alternate forms of payment.
For more information, see the Print/Scan page.
If the catalog indicates that the item is "available," you might want to check again to make sure it is not shelved in a special location. Books may be kept in reference areas, locked cases, reserves, etc. Recent issues of journals and magazines may be located in a current periodicals area.
You can also look on booktrucks, shelving carts, and temporary shelving areas in the library in question - these are where recently checked in materials are sorted (in call number order) before being put on the shelf.
If you cannot locate a book that should be available on the shelf, you may ask us to search for it. To request a search, present the title or call number of the item at the Circulation Desk of the library that owns the book. When the item is available, you will be notified by e-mail.
You can also search the catalogs for different editions of the book or ask the library staff about other alternatives, such as requesting the item from another UC using Melvyl, or from another university by submitting an interlibrary borrowing request.
The book I searched for isn't available here. Can I get books and articles from outside the UC Berkeley libraries?
Yes, there are several ways to do this.
If the item you need is not owned by the UC Berkeley libraries but is owned by one of the other UC libraries, then UC Berkeley faculty, students, and staff may ask for it via the Request button in the Melvyl catalog.
If it is not owned by any of the UC libraries, then UC Berkeley faculty, students, and staff may submit Interlibrary borrowing requests, which allows you to check out materials delivered from other universities.
You will be notified by email when print Interlibrary materials arrive, and you can pick your items up in the Interlibrary Services office in 133 Doe Library.
Yes, but we ask that you come with a research need, such as a Main (Gardner) Stacks call number or an appropriate topic of interest.
You can request access online for a single day. On weekdays, you can submit your request by 10am for same-day access. If your request is granted, we will email you a confirmation. Please note that you will need to print out the pass that is attached to the email, and bring it when you visit.
At other times, or to make a request for multiple days as described below, come to the Reference Desk (second floor, Doe Library) with a current photo ID to request access in-person. For hours of this desk, see the Doe Library web page.
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Researchers whose projects will require repeated visits may come to the Reference Desk and request a "Reference Card".
Both the one-day pass and the Reference Card provide access to the Main (Gardner) Stacks. Neither includes borrowing privileges, off-campus database access, the ability to request items through the OskiCat catalog, or delivery of materials from the Northern Regional Library Facility (NRLF ).