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Information for Graduate Students and Graduate Student Instructors (GSIs)

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Undergrad students, see: Information for Undergraduate Students

Your Cal 1 Card serves as your library card for borrowing materials and for access to the Gardner (Main) Stacks, Moffitt, and the Media Resources Center. You can also use your Cal 1 Card to pay for printing in the libraries.

Research support

Contact your library liaison - Specific librarians are designated to support each academic department and program, and serve as the first point of contact for all research- and teaching-related inquiries.

Graduate Services - Graduate Services in Doe Library (Room 208) offers a core non-circulating research collection in the humanities and history, course reserves for graduate humanities and social sciences courses, a quiet and congenial study space for graduate students, and a Dissertation Writer’s Room for doctoral students advanced to candidacy.

Study Carrels - Assigned study carrels in the Gardner (Main) Stacks are available to graduate students in the humanities and social sciences, who may apply at the Privileges Desk (198 Doe).

Library guides - Learn about library tools, citations and more using these online Library guides. The Library also offers:


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 graduate students for three months.

Interlibrary services - The Interlibrary Borrowing Service (IBS) assists users to obtain materials that are not available at UC Berkeley. In addition to the core interlibrary loan services, graduate students have borrowing privileges from Stanford and UT Austin via RLCP, as well as access to Baker, a fee based document delivery service.

Off-campus access to electronic resources - Access online resources from home using either the Proxy Server or VPN with your CalNet ID.

Extending library privileges - Graduate students who are completing unfinished course work, or who are on filing fee status, may have their library privileges extended.

Library resources for persons with disabilities - Find equal-access Library services and research assistance for persons with physical and print disabilities.

Teaching support

Course reserves - Instructors may place print course materials that are expected to be in high demand or that require special security in a library's reserve section.

eReadings - Get help locating and setting up electronic reserves for your course bSpace site.

Instruction Services - The Library offers instruction on library research for undergraduates and graduate students, tailored to courses, assignments and students' research topics, both in-person and online.

Designing Effective Library Assignments - Suggestions and example assignments to help teach students to navigate the academic research process.

Library Prize for Undergraduate Research - Faculty and GSIs in all disciplines should encourage undergraduate students to apply for the Library Prize, which recognizes students' sophistication, originality and/or unusual depth or breadth in the use of library collections in the creation of a course project.

Scholarly communication and copyright

eScholarship - A suite of open access, scholarly publishing services and research tools that enable departments, research units, publishing programs, and individual scholars associated with the University of California to have direct control over the creation and dissemination of the full range of their scholarship.

Scholarly Communication at Berkeley - Learn more about how the crisis in scholarly communication affects you, what you can do to support changes in the current system and how to take advantage of new technologies.

Berkeley Research Impact Initiative - Financial support for faculty members, post-docs, and graduate students who want to make their journal articles free to all readers immediately upon publication.

UC Copyright Education - A wide range of materials related to the use of copyrighted and public domain materials at the University of California.

Data services

Scientific Data Services - A variety of tools and resources to help manage and share your data.

Library Data Lab - The Lab provides access to data files and analytical software. Lab staff are available for consultations regarding software, data resources and data acquisitions.

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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