UC Berkeley Library

Frequently Asked Questions

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FAQ v2.0

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Why the name OskiCat?

OskiCat was the winning submission in a staff contest to select a name for the new UCB Library online catalog, which replaced Pathfinder and Gladis as of June 24, 2009. Oski (Berkeley mascot) + cat(alog) = OskiCat.

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Where can I search for online articles?

There are many places to find full-text articles and article citations - on the library home page, the Articles link under the How to Find tab is a good place to start.

Where is a list of library phone numbers?

Phone numbers are prominently displayed on Library homepages.

Where do I return my books?

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.

Where do I get change for library copy machines?

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.

The item I'm looking for isn't on the shelf. What do I do now?

The OskiCat or Melvyl catalogs will tell you whether the item in question is currently checked out to another person. If so, you can recall it online by clicking the "Request" button in OskiCat.

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.