Engineering Textbooks at UC Berkeley
Click here for a list of engineering textbooks available from the UC Berkeley Libraries. Most books are hard-copies (not e-books) and are shelved at the Kresge Engineering Library in the Bechtel Engineering Center.
Bio, Chem, and Medical Textbooks at UC Berkeley
Most of the textbooks we buy in the library are in print, not online. We would prefer to buy online textbooks, but textbook publishers have been slow to offer them. You can find a list of freely available, open-source biology textbooks here. You can also find (slightly) older editions of some bioscience/medical textbooks on the PubMed Bookshelf, freely available on the internet; AccessMedicine is a database of full-text medical textbooks that's available to UC Berkeley users.
See below for a list of some of the major biology and chemistry textbooks available in the UC Berkeley Libraries. Click the book title link to see the complete description in OskiCat (including location and call number). If a book's location is Reserves (Bioscience Reserves, Chemistry Library Reserves) then it's shelved behind the circulation desk at that library. You'll need to write down the call number and give the call number to the person at the circulation desk, who will retrieve the book for you. You can only check out reserve books for two hours (because of heavy use by other students) but if no one else is in line to check out the book at the end of your two hours, you can renew for another two hours. You must renew in person at the circulation desk of the library where you checked out the book.
You can also search OskiCat directly for textbooks - try searching for "microbiology textbooks" or "biochemistry textbooks." If you want an introductory book on a topic, try including the words "introduction," "principles" or "fundamentals": introduction cancer biology, or fundamentals bioengineering. If you want to restrict your search to online resources, you can select Available Online from the Entire Collection drop-down menu.