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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.

See the Interlibrary Borrowing FAQ page for more information.

Where do I study?

There are many places to study throughout the libraries. See Find a Study Space for more information.

Does my library have a mailing address?

Yes. Mailing addresses are included on library homepages.

Can I get access to the Main stacks as a visitor?

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 Privileges Desk (Doe Library, Gardner Stacks Level A) with a current government issued photo ID to request access in-person.

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Doe Reference Desk - floor 2 Doe Library

Researchers whose projects will require repeated visits to access material in the Main (Gardner) Stacks, may 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, access to Moffitt Library, or the ability to request items through the OskiCat catalog.