Borrowing and Renewing Materials

UC Berkeley faculty, staff, and students can borrow materials using their current Cal ID card as their library card. Others may obtain a library card at the Privileges Desk in Doe Library. Please consult their Borrowing page for details on library cards.

Loan periods vary depending on the library and type of material. The Science Libraries use the following loan periods in general:

  • Books: 1 month
  • Journals: 2 hours, 1 day, or 1 week
  • Maps: 1 week
  • Reserves: 2 hours, 1 day, or 1 week
  • Reference: Library use only
  • Locked case: Library use only

Exceptions: Loan periods for journals vary across the libraries, and some libraries may have other formats in their collections. Please check with the circulation staff at each library about loan periods for these materials.

Materials should be returned to any circulation desk during hours the library is open, and to the book return when the library is closed, to avoid overdue penalties. Reserve, non-book (e.g. media, maps and music scores) or damaged material must be returned to the library from which it was borrowed. Refer to the lending library for information on returning other non-book materials. Return interlibrary loan material to 133 Doe.

Materials damaged or incomplete should be brought immediately to the owning library circulation desk to discuss repair or replacement options that may be available.

Renewals and My OskiCat

Renew your items via My OskiCat:

  • How to renew
  • Note: there is a limit of eleven renewals on all items except for materials on one-year loan. Materials with one-year loan periods have a maximum of three renewals.

You can also use My OskiCat to manage your library account:

  • Keep track of due dates.
  • Renew items.
  • Manage your holds ("requests").
  • View your preferred searches.
  • View your lists.

Holds and Requests

If an item is checked out by another user or stored in NRLF, you can recall the item using the Request option in OskiCat. The pick-up location will put the item on hold for you and notify you by e-mail when it is delivered from NRLF or returned by the other user.

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