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Accessing the Library
Bringing Students to Visit the Library
Borrowing and Renewing
Accessing Electronic Resources
Printing and Scanning
Finding Resources for Your Classes
Policies for Library Users

Accessing the Library

Welcome to UC Berkeley, home to one of the finest research libraries in the country. The Library includes more than twenty campus libraries which serve a variety of academic disciplines in the arts, humanities, social sciences, sciences, and international and area studies. Most campus libraries have open stacks and teachers and students can use most collections on site. Based on a visitor's information need and the Library's ability, advance arrangements may be made for use of restricted-access collections such as The Bancroft Library and Gardner (MAIN) Stacks. All Library users may be requested to present current photo identification at any library service point.

Bringing Students to Visit the Library

If you are visiting the UC Berkeley Library to provide students with a general introduction to college culture and as an opportunity to see a college-level research library, please contact UC Berkeley Visitor Services. This office offers a variety of campus tours, some of which incorporate short visits to the Doe Library and Bioscience and Natural Resources Library. You may join a free campus tour or arrange for a reserved group tour. The UC Berkeley Library does not provide tours to groups not affiliated with UC.

Students are welcome to do research at most libraries on campus; some, like the Gardner Stacks and Moffitt Library, are restricted to the UCB community. Students who are over 18 and have proof of California residency can purchase a library card for $100/year to get borrowing privileges. While in the library students also can access most of our electronic resources, including full-text article databases. Internet access on Library computers is available only to the UCB community.

Unfortunately the Libraries do not have the staffing to provide library instruction or orientations for K-12 programs that are not affiliated with the University. The growing collection of instructional support materials listed below may be of assistance to you.

Borrowing and Renewing

California residents currently teaching in a California Public School are eligible to receive a free library card. The Library privileges desk requires proof of full-time current employment on letterhead from the School principal or district. This letter must confirm employment during the current or forthcoming academic school year. Cards must be renewed annually for the next fiscal year, beginning any time after April 1st of the current fiscal year (the UCB fiscal year begins July 1).

Public School (K-12) Teacher Library cards allow the user to borrow up to 20 books concurrently from campus libraries. Loan periods are generally one month, although this may vary depending on the material type or lending library. The card does not allow interlibrary borrowing services, remote access to online resources, or access to the campus wireless network.

To procure a Public School Teacher (K-12) Library Card, please bring both a current government-issue photo ID and the above-mentioned school documentation to the Library Privileges Desk. Any further questions may be directed to the Privileges Desk at 642-3403.

Use the library catalogs -- OskiCat (UC Berkeley) or Melvyl (all UC campuses and worldwide) -- to search for items in the library collections. Loan periods vary and the due date remains in effect as long as no other borrower needs the item. Materials that are not on hold for another user can be renewed to extend the due date via OskiCat (use Renew Items tab) or renewed in person at any library circulation desk. Materials should be returned to the circulation desk during hours the library is open, and to the book return when the library is closed.

Email is the Library's means of communication with you regarding your account. Borrowers must keep a current email address on file with the Library. This can be done via the My OskiCat feature of the UCB catalog or in person at any library circulation desk. For more information about borrowing, see the guide to borrowing privileges and responsibilities.

NRLF, the Northern Regional Library Facility, is an off-site shelving facility for the northern UC campuses, housing less frequently used books, most of which can be returned to campus for borrowing. Use OskiCat's Request feature to initiate this process.

Accessing Electronic Resources

All of the Library's electronic resources can be accessed from libraries on campus. While remote access to many electronic resources is restricted to UCB faculty, students and staff due to publisher site license agreements, others are freely available to the public, such as ARTFL, Cambridge Dictionaries Online, Film Glossary, Online Dictionary of the Social Sciences, etc. To access these resources browse the Electronic Resources Finder by Subject or by Type, or inquire at any Reference Desk for recommendations.

Copying and Printing

Campus libraries provide printing and scanning options. Self-service printing is available from many library workstations; dedicated bookscan stations offer printing and scanning capabilities. For more information about the above (cost, capability, location) visit the library printing and scanning page. The Moffitt Library houses a full service Copy Center, which provides expanded services.

Finding Resources for Your Classes

Resources for Teachers
Research on the Internet

Policies for Library Users

The Library Code of Conduct and Library Computer Use Policy detail standards for Library use intended to create a safe and pleasant research environment for all Library patrons.

The Library is responsible for safeguarding the confidentiality of a borrower's transaction, as mandated by the California Information Practices Act of 1977. Please see the Library's Privacy Policies for more information.

For questions about services for K-12 teachers, please contact Jennifer Dorner.

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