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Borrowing

Library Cards
  Application and Privileges
Loan Periods, Renewals and My OskiCat
Returning Materials
Searches, Recalls and Holds
E-mail Notification
Overdue, Lost or Damaged Materials
Responsibilities of Borrowers
Policies for Library Users
Borrowing/circulation information for UC Berkeley libraries


Library Cards

UC Berkeley registered students, faculty, instructors, lecturers and staff

Your Cal 1 Card serves as your library card for borrowing materials and for access to the Gardner (MAIN) Stacks, Moffitt, the Media Resources Center and other areas requiring a Cal ID.

Privileges Desk
Doe Library, Floor 1
510-642-3403
privdesk@library.berkeley.edu

Desk Hours:

Mon-Fri: 9am-4:45pm

Sat/Sun: 1pm-4:45pm

Phone Hours:

Mon-Fri: 9am-4:45pm

Sat/Sun: 1pm-4:45pm

 

 

Hours may be different for holidays, intersessions, and academic breaks. Check Library Hours.

UC Berkeley unregistered undergraduates or graduate students on filing fee status

You may apply to have your library privileges extended.

Proxy Borrowers for UC Berkeley faculty and academic staff

Proxy borrowers may check out library materials in the name of authorizing faculty or academic staff. The proxy borrower application form includes eligibility requirements and a statement of responsibility. The authorizing faculty or academic staff must complete and submit the online application that will be received by the Privileges Desk.

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL or LBL) staff

Your LBNL photo ID card serves as your library card for borrowing materials and for access to the Gardner (MAIN) Stacks, Moffitt, the Media Resources Center and other areas requiring a Cal ID. If you have a dual UCB appointment, continue to use your Cal 1 Card to access library services. Most LBNL borrowers have the same level of borrowing privilege as is given to campus staff, although LBNL scientists may present documentation in person to the Privileges Desk to have their patron record upgraded to faculty borrowing privilege status. LBNL longterm guests/visitors are no longer charged a per person fee for access to the library. Their privileges will expire on the end date of their visit as recorded in the LBNL Human Resource system. LBNL retirees need to present their UC Retirement Center card at the Privileges Desk to obtain a borrowing card.

Stanford University faculty, academic staff, and graduate students

Your Stanford library card gives you library access and borrowing privileges, and you are eligible for Research Library Cooperative Program (RLCP) privileges.

Students, faculty, and staff from other UC campuses

Students, your current UC ID and current semester's proof of registration are required to obtain borrowing privileges. Faculty and staff, your current UC ID and a departmental letter of introduction will allow you to establish or renew borrowing privileges. Apply for a Library card at the Privileges Desk or contact Privileges staff in advance by phone 510-642-3403 or e-mail privdesk@library.berkeley.edu, for additional information regarding required documentation.

Visiting scholars and postdoctoral scholars

Borrowing privileges and other services are offered to the Cal community of visiting scholars. After registering with Visiting Scholars and Postdoc Affairs, take your valid registration card to the Privileges Desk to obtain a Library card.

California state university and community college students

You must be currently enrolled to purchase a six-month Library card. Proof of eligibility is your current student ID and proof of current registration. The fee is $25. Please review application and privileges details.

California state university and community college full-time faculty

You may obtain a Library card by presenting a letter on school letterhead, signed by your department chair, confirming your full-time affiliation with your school and a California driver's license. Please review application and privileges details.

California public school full-time teachers

You may obtain a Library card by presenting a letter on school letterhead, signed by your principal, confirming your full-time affiliation with your school and a California driver's license. Please review application and privileges details.

K-12 private and parochial school teachers

You may purchase a one-year Library card to borrow materials. The fee is $100. Please review application and privileges details.

UC Extension faculty

UC Extension faculty are eligible for a Library card. Proof of eligibility is a letter on UC Extension letterhead that confirms your current affiliation.

UC Extension students

UC Extension students, including those concurrently enrolled in UC Berkeley may purchase a six-month Library card by presenting proof of current registration. The fee is $25. Please review application and privileges details.

University of California Alumni Association Members

Members of any of the ten UC campus-sponsored alumni associations holding an active membership card may obtain a Library card. Information for Alumni and Visitors has additional information and application details.

California residents

May purchase a one-year Library card. The fee is $100. A current government-issued ID such as a driver's license or passport must be presented as proof of California residence. Please review application and privileges details.

Other Institutional Affiliates

Privileges Desk staff are responsible for determining eligibility and coverage for:

  • Spouse or domestic partner of a full-time University of California employee.
  • Adult children (18 years or older) of UC Berkeley faculty who reside at their parent's address.
  • Graduate Theological Union faculty, students and staff
  • Mathematical Sciences Research Institute members
  • Miller Institute members
  • Howard Hughes Institute members

Contact Privileges staff, 510-642-3403 or privdesk@library.berkeley.edu, for additional information regarding required documentation.

Application and Privileges

All applicants must provide proof of California residence by presenting a current government-issued ID such as a driver's license or state issued ID. Applicants who use a PO BOX for mail will be obligated to provide proof of California residence address for record purposes.  Payment for borrowing cards may be made by VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Discover Card, bank debit card, personal check or money order, made payable to "UC Regents". We cannot accept Cash for payment.

One-year and six-month Library cards grant borrowing privileges and access to the Gardner (MAIN) Stacks, Moffitt Library, and most subject specialty libraries, however, privileges do not extend to Interlibrary borrowing services, or access to course reserves. Access to special collections and services may be restricted. Cardholders may have a maximum of twenty books checked out at any given time. Note: UC Extension students who are concurrently enrolled in UC Berkeley are accorded the same privileges as UC Berkeley students.

Renewal of already existing borrowing card

All library card renewals require the user to bring in the original library card and a current California (CA) driver's license or ID card to the Privileges Desk during our open hours; although some extra documentation may be required for specific cohorts of borrowers.  

UC Alumni members
must also bring their current Alumni Association membership card. 
K-12 public school teachers (CA)
must also bring a letter on school letterhead, signed by your principal, confirming your full-time affiliation with your school, for the current year.
UC Extension, California State University and CA Community College
students must also bring proof of current registration.
CSU, UC, UC Extension and Community College faculty and staff must present your Campus ID and a letter on school letterhead affirming full-time employment with your respective school, annually. 

If your affiliation was not listed above and/or you have questions regarding documentation requirements, please contact the Privileges Desk (510) 642-3403 in advance of your visit.

 

Loan Periods, Renewals and My OskiCat

Loan periods and due dates vary among the campus libraries. It is the cardholder's responsibility to note the due dates for materials and to return or renew them by those dates. The "My OskiCat" link in OskiCat can provide a list of items you currently have checked out of the UC Berkeley Libraries. It is also the starting point for renewing materials. Please familiarize yourself with the circulation policies of each library from which you borrow.

Returning Materials

Return material to the circulation desk during library hours. After hours, return books to a library book drop. Refer to the owning library for information on returning non-book materials. Return interlibrary loan material to 133 Doe.

Return Receipts may be requested from a circulation desk for returned material. Materials damaged or incomplete should be brought immediately to the owning library circulation desk to discuss repair or replacement options that may be available. The Library does not keep a record of receipts issued.

Searches, Recalls and Holds

Search requests for materials not found on the shelf and not checked out may be placed at any circulation desk. Borrowers will be notified by e-mail when search requests have been located.

Via My OskiCat, recalls of items checked out by another borrower may be requested by Library cardholders with borrowing privileges. You will be notified by e-mail when the item is available to be picked up. Recalled items should be available within one week. When it is returned, the item will be put on hold. If more than one person has recalled it, these will be handled in the order the recalls were placed. If an item you have checked out is recalled, you must return it by the new due date.

E-Mail Notification

Through email, you will receive hold pickup, recall, overdue notices, bill warnings, and search notices. Email courtesy renewal and overdue notices are sent to assist you in maintaining your account, they are not a replacement for personal responsibility of renewing and returning materials on time.

UCB faculty, staff and students: update your email address in the CalNet Directory, in two places:

  • Edit Person Information
  • Edit Address Information

IMPORTANT: Do not update your information through My OskiCat; this information will be overwritten by updates to the CalNet Directory.

Library cardholders: update your email address via My OskiCat.

Overdue, Lost or Damaged Material

Library borrowers must return or renew items by their due date. When an item becomes overdue, borrowing privileges will be blocked until the item is returned. Some libraries charge a fine for overdue items. See: full details regarding billing, blocks and replacements.

UC Berkeley students who have owed the Library $200 or more for at least 30 days will also be blocked campus-wide with the Registrar's Office. Students blocked by the Registrar's Office will not be able to obtain transcripts or register for classes. Blocks are removed after all outstanding bills and fines have been paid at the Privileges Desk (Doe Library, floor 1) or online via MyOskicat.

If an item is damaged or lost, borrowers are liable for charges incurred to repair or replace the item. A borrower may replace lost or damaged materials with acceptable copies at the discretion of the lending library Circulation Manager. Approval must be attained from the lending library before procuring a replacement. The Library will not accept replacements for Northern Regional Library Facility (NRLF) items.  The Library offers advice on how to find replacements for lost library books and serials.

Replacement costs ($150 default/book or the actual cost of the item, which ever is higher) and processing fees are charged for overdue materials that are not returned. Unpaid bills are forwarded to a collection agency. Direct all questions about bills, and blocked or revoked privileges to the Privileges Desk (Doe Library, floor 1). Staff may be also be contacted by phone, 510-642-3403, or e-mail privdesk@library.berkeley.edu.

Responsibilities of Borrowers

  • Borrowers are responsible for library materials charged out to them until they are returned to the lending library.
  • Borrowers are prohibited by Library policy from lending their library card to others.
  • UC Berkeley students, faculty and staff are responsible for maintaining a current e-mail address in the CalNet Directory.
  • Library cardholders are responsible for maintaining a current e-mail address in My OskiCat
  • All borrowers are responsible for having a current physical address on file with the Library Privileges Desk.

Borrowers who abuse Library borrowing privileges may have their privileges suspended throughout the Library. Examples of abuse of library borrowing privileges include repeatedly not returning materials on time, not paying replacement bills, not responding to recall notices, not returning library materials even after replacement bills have been issued, and mutilation or damage of library materials.

Policies for Library Users

The Library Code of Conduct, Billing Broadsheet, and Library Computer Use Policy document the Library's standards for Library use of our facilities, collections and services. These policies are in place to create a safe and secure research and study environment.

The UC Berkeley Library respects and upholds the privacy of transactions and communications. Please see the Library's privacy policies for more information.

Borrowing/circulation information for UC Berkeley libraries

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