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 Printed books are listed in our library catalogs.

 E-books (electronic books) are available online. Some are linked from our catalogs, but many more are available only through specialized websites.


Printed books

Use these catalogs to find books and other library materials.

OskiCat (UC Berkeley)
Materials in most libraries on the UC Berkeley campus. [What's included | Quick Guide]

Melvyl (all UC campuses + worldwide)
Recommended for searching libraries in the UC System and worldwide. It includes WorldCat, a worldwide catalog, but gives priority to items in the UC libraries. Not all UC materials are in the database yet. [Frequently Asked Questions | Quick Reference guide].

Other library catalogs
Individual library catalogs and websites in the Bay Area, the UC System, and elsewhere.



Electronic books let you do full-text searches, copy passages, and in some cases, bookmark, highlight, take notes, and perform textual analyses.

Most e-books in our collections allow only limited downloading and/or printing (see Conditions of Use). Most cannot be used on portable e-book reading devices.

Over 480,000 online items, including e-books, can be found through OskiCat. Others are available through Melvyl. You can limit your search in OskiCat to "Available online," and in Melvyl to "Online content & media."

Many e-books are available only through specialized websites, most restricted to UCB access only.

Our largest e-book collection, with over 50,000 titles on a wide range of subjects. Find them in OskiCat (keyword: ebrary) or search the ebrary website directly. Some advanced ebrary features require downloading reader software.


Getting started with ebrary
Printing and copying in ebrary


Other e-book collections

The Library offers over 130 e-book and text collections in specific subject areas. Many of these e-books are also available through OskiCat and Melvyl (shown as O and M below).


University of California e-book projects

Melvyl links to many e-books scanned as part of these projects. OskiCat generally does not, though it does list UC Berkeley's printed copies.

Pronounced "hah-tee", this cooperative system contains millions of books scanned from UC and other major research libraries, including those digitized by Google and the Internet Archive. Search on information about the book (such as author or title), or words in the text. Full text is available for items that are not protected by copyright. Items in the HathiTrust catalog can be grouped into collections and shared online. For details, see the FAQ page.

Google Books
Books on many subjects, including titles from the UC libraries, digitized in partnership with Google. Full text can be displayed only if the book is out of copyright (generally, published before 1923) or if the copyright holder has given permission.

Internet Archive: Text Archive
Several hundred thousand books in the public domain, from the Open Content Alliance (OCA). Includes many books from our collections.

UC Press E-Books Collection, 1982-2004
1,400 titles on a wide range of subjects from the University of California Press. Includes about 30% of UC Press books, both in and out of print. Books can be viewed but not downloaded.

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