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Information for Undergraduate Students

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Information for Graduate Students and GSIs

Access

  • Your Cal 1 Card serves as your library card for borrowing materials and for access to the Main (Gardner) Stacks, Moffitt Library, and the Media Resources Center.
  • You can also use your Cal 1 Card to pay for printing in the libraries. Scanning to email, cloud storage and to a USB drive is free!
  • Borrowing - Basic information regarding your library card, checking out and renewing materials.
  • Loan periods vary by library and material type, though most books are checked out to undergraduate students for 1 month, and 1 week for serials.
  • Renewing - Options and rules for renewals.
  • Library 101 Video - Learn how to get the most out of the UC Berkeley Libraries and their vast resources.
  • OskiCat - Search for materials in the UC Berkeley libraries with the Berkeley library catalog.
  • Course reserves - Find materials on reserve in a campus Library for specific classes. Online reserves are usually available via the bCourses sites for your classes.
  • Off-campus access to electronic resources - Access online resources from home using either the library proxy or VPN with your CalNet ID.
  • Databases - Search for article databases, ebook collections, digitized primary resources collections, statistical sources and more.
  • Article databases - Browse article databases, search for article databases.
  • Articles by citation - Use the Citation Linker tool to find an article from a citation.
  • Disability resources - Find equal-access Library services and research assistance for persons with physical and print disabilities.
  • Unregistered or on filing fee status - UC Berkeley undergraduates who are completing unfinished course work, or graduate students who are on filing fee status, may have their library privileges extended.

Research support

  • Research help - Contact a librarian in person, by phone, by email or chat for assistance with your research.
  • Research appointments - Undergraduates can make a thirty minute appointment with a librarian for help with library research in the humanities and social sciences.
  • Study spaces - Find study areas, study carrels, and other amenities in the libraries.
  • Reserve group study rooms in Main (Gardner) Stacks, and select subject specialty libraries.
  • Equipment lending - Find a laptop, other electronic devices, and accessories to borrow in the libraries. Short term and extended loan periods are available.
  • Library guides and tutorials - Learn about library tools, research skills, citations, and more.
    • Evaluating Resources - Learn how to evaluate sources for your next research project.
    • How to Read Call Numbers - Learn how to find titles on the shelves of the UC Berkeley libraries using call numbers.
    • How to Read Citations - Learn to distinguish one kind of citation from another (a book from a journal article, for example)
  • Workshops and tours
  • Subject guides for help finding discipline specific resources.
  • Charlene Conrad Liebau Library Prize for Undergraduate Research - The Library awards up to six annual prizes for the best lower-division ($750) and upper-division ($1000) papers from courses taught in departments across the campus.
  • Student Learning Center - The SLC in the César Chávez Student Center is the primary academic support unit for UC Berkeley. The SLC offers both drop-in and appointment-based writing help for undergraduates.

Requesting materials from other libraries

  • Melvyl - Search for materials in all Berkeley Libraries and worldwide. Use the Request button to borrow materials unavailable in the UC Berkeley Libraries.
  • NRLF - Some UC Berkeley materials are shelved at the Northern Regional Library Facility (NRLF) in Richmond. Use the Request button in OskiCat to send materials shelved in NRLF to an on-campus library for check-out or library use.
  • Interlibrary services - The Interlibrary Borrowing Service assists users to obtain materials that are not available at UC Berkeley.

Computers, printing and scanning

  • Printing and scanning - Find more information about using BookScan stations for printing and scanning. Scanning to a USB is free!
  • Computers in the Libraries - Find information on computing, wifi and desktop application availability in the Library. See also: the Library computer use policy.

Student employment

  • Student jobs at the Library - Learn about the variety of student jobs and view job postings from Library Human Resources. The most current job postings are posted outside Room 110 in Doe Library.

Library policies

  • Library code of conduct - Read about standards for Library use intended to create a safe and pleasant research environment for all patrons.
  • Library privacy policy - The Library is responsible for safeguarding the confidentiality of a borrower's transactions, as mandated by the California Information Practices Act of 1977.
  • Database conditions of use - It is the responsibility of individual users to ensure their use of Library electronic resources does not breach the terms and conditions specified in the license agreements.

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