- Policies and loan periods
- Renew your Books
- Recall checked-out items
- Search for missing items
- Overdue, lost or damaged items
- Laptop Lending: FAQ & Lending Policy
- Requesting from NRLF
- Pay Library fines
- Borrow from other libraries (Interlibrary Loan/ILL)
Using resources in the library: UC Berkeley students, faculty, and staff, as well as members of the public, are welcome to visit the Bioscience and Natural Resources Library and use both print and electronic library resources within the library.
Borrowing items: Circulating items at the Bioscience and Natural Resources Library may be checked out using a UC Berkeley photo ID card (Cal 1 card) or a current library card.
Obtaining a UC Berkeley Library card: Please see the Borrow page of the main UC Berkeley Library website.
Loan periods for circulating items vary depending on the type of material and the borrower:
|Type of Material||Loan Period|
(print & CD)
|All others||UC Faculty & Staff: 6 months, 7 renewals|
|UC Graduate Students: 3 months, 11 renewals|
|UC Undergraduates, Non-Academic Staff, Alumni & others: 1 month, 11 renewals|
|Journals||Current issues||Library Use Only|
|Unbound||Library Use Only|
|Bound||7 days, 11 renewals|
|Reserves||2 hours (overnight OK - includes most textbooks)|
|Microfilm||UC borrowers: 1 day|
|All others: Library use only|
|Microfiche||Library use only|
|Reference||Library use only|
|Maps||1 week or library use only|
|Locked Case||Library use only|
Locked case items cannot be checked out but may be used within the library. Locked case items must be requested at the Circulation Desk, and may only be used when the Reference Desk is staffed.
Returns: Borrowers are responsible for either returning items by the due date, or renewing books before the due date has elapsed. Books may be returned to the slot on the right hand of the circulation desk during the library's open hours.
After hours book return: The after-hours book return is located on the south side of VLSB near the first floor handicapped-accessible building entrance. Books returned to the after-hours book drop will not be checked back into our system until the following day.
Universal return: Patrons can return checked-out books to any book return on campus.
—does not apply to course reserves, which must be returned to the lending library;
—does not apply to interlibrary loan materials, which must be returned to the Interlibrary Borrowing Service (IBS), 133 Doe Library. An after-hours IBS book return is available outside Room 133.
Please note that books returned to libraries other than the lending library will remain checked out to the patron until they are delivered to and processed by the lending library, which may take several days.
Library borrowers must return or renew items by their due date. Patrons will receive a courtesy reminder via the email address in their account 3 days before library materials are due. Thereafter, overdue notices will be issued 4 days, 14 days, and 30 days after the due date. Borrowing privileges will be blocked and a bill warning will be generated when the second (14-day) overdue notice has been issued. In addition, fines are accrued for overdue reserve items at a rate of $2.50 per hour for 2-hour reserve items and $10 per day for 1-day and 7-day reserve items.
If an item is damaged or lost, borrowers are liable for charges incurred to repair or replace the item, however a borrower may replace lost or damaged materials with acceptable copies at the discretion of the library unit head. Approval must be attained from the lending library before procuring a replacement. The Library offers advice on how to find replacements for lost library books and serials. Note that replacement copies will not be accepted for Northern Regional Library Facility (NRLF) items.
UC Berkeley faculty, staff, and students may request items from other libraries. Material that is already owned at Berkeley is not eligible for Interlibrary Loan.
- In the UC-eLinks menu, choose Request this from another library
- In Melvyl, use the Request button found in the record for a title:
- For items not found in Melvyl, use the Interlibrary Borrowing Request Form.
- Research Library Cooperative Program (RLCP): UCB faculty, graduate students and staff can request materials not owned by UCB from the libraries of Stanford University and UT Austin.
- Go to the Bioscience Library reference desk (2101 VLSB) or the Interlibrary Loan office (133 Doe Library)
Interlibrary Loan is not available for patrons not affiliated with UC Berkeley. Please contact your local public or academic library to request materials.