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Interlibrary Loan

For UC Berkeley faculty, students and staff

For non-UC Berkeley users and institutions

  • Interlibrary lending of original material: provides access to the holdings of the UC Berkeley Libraries to institutional borrowers in the United States and Canada.
  • Photoduplication services: provides access to the holdings of the UC Berkeley Libraries to institutions and the general public.
  • Special Library Access document delivery services: provides access to the resources of the UC Berkeley Libraries for libraries, information centers, corporations, and other organizations on a subscriber basis.

Interlibrary Services
133 Doe Library
UC Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
(510) 642-7365
Hours: Mon-Fri: 10am - 4pm

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Borrowing from Other Libraries

The Interlibrary Borrowing Service (IBS) supports the instructional and research needs of UC Berkeley's students, faculty and staff by obtaining materials which are not available at UC Berkeley libraries. IBS is one of the largest and most sophisticated library resource-sharing operations in the country. We belong to major library networks and utilize several computerized systems to acquire materials from institutions throughout the world.

If you are not a member of the UC campus community, please go to the Services for Non-UC Berkeley Patrons and Institutions page.


The service is available free of charge to UC Berkeley faculty, students, and staff. Other patrons with valid UC Berkeley library cards should use their public library's interlibrary loan service. Service is not transferable, and proxy borrowers must have proxy borrowers cards. If you have questions about eligibility, inquire at the Interlibrary Services Office, 133 Doe Library. (510) 642-7365

Submitting Requests

  1. Berkeley Faculty, Students, and Staff may request items found through the Melvyl catalog by using the request feature on that system. Periodical article requests may be made through E-links in the various electronic abstract and indexing databases.

  2. Berkeley Faculty, Students and Staff may submit requests electronically by clicking on the request form button below to order an item.

  3. Requests may be made in person at the Interlibrary Borrowing Office (133 Doe) where staff can advise you about your request. Requests may also be submitted at the reference desk of most Subject Specialty Libraries.

    Pick up and return items through IBS at the IBS office, Room 133 Doe Library. Please print, complete, and bring with you a book return receipt. IBS staff sign the receipt, and you keep it as proof that you returned the material. An after-hours book return is also available outside Room 133.

  4. BAKER users can submit requests to IBS through the Baker service.  BAKER is a fee-based document delivery and bibliographic verification service. BAKER delivers materials to your campus address. For further information about this service, email or call 642-2538.

How to Use the Interlibrary Borrowing Service

Check OskiCat (UC Berkeley's online catalog) to make sure UC Berkeley does not own the material you want. IBS cannot process requests for materials which UC Berkeley owns.  If you need help using our catalogs, inquire at the Reference Center on the second floor of the Doe Library or at the reference desk at any subject specialty library.

Provide a full and accurate bibliographic citation, including author, title, place and date of publication, and series.

To verify a book or serial citation, use:

MELVYL Online Catalog
WCAT (WorldCat)

To verify a dissertation citation use:

Dissertation Abstracts (UCB access only)
Comprehensive Dissertation Index
WCAT (WorldCat)
MELVYL Online Catalog

Reference staff can help you with these, or suggest other sources as appropriate. If you cannot find the item you need in the suggested sources, provide us with a photocopy of your reference (typically the title page and the page including the citation).

How Long Does It Take?

On the average, allow two weeks from the date of request. If the material is readily available in a library with which IBS has a special arrangement, it may be arrive sooner. Some materials may be harder to obtain and may take longer.

Special Conditions

The lending library may impose special conditions on use, such as library use only, for use in The Bancroft Library, non-renewable, no photocopying, or user's signature required. Conditions are noted on the IBS band attached to the book. When you accept the loan, you are obliged to honor these conditions.

Loan Periods

The lending library sets the loan period which may range from two weeks to two months. IBS materials are subject to recall by the lending library at any time. Please return recalled items immediately. Overdue materials jeopardize our ability to borrow. Materials cannot be borrowed for class reserve, exhibit, or other long-term use. IBS will not borrow textbooks for current UC Berkeley classes.

Materials Generally Not Available Through Interlibrary Loan

Some libraries have categories of materials which are not available on Interlibrary Loan. Examples are: rare, fragile, or unique materials; audiovisual material; some dissertations; whole volumes of recent periodicals; and items in special collections.

In some cases facsimile copies exist (usually microfilm) and these may be sent on Interlibrary Loan. The UC Berkeley Library has arrangements with a number of libraries which provide access to some of these restricted materials.

Special Charges

All efforts are made to borrow without add-on costs for copying. In a few cases, IBS may be able to fill a request only by using a source which charges for reproduced material. In these instances, reproduction charges will be passed on to you. IBS will notify you and get your approval for such charges in advance.


As the borrower, you are financially responsible for any damage to or loss of interlibrary loan materials from the time you pick them up until you return them to the IBS Office. You are also responsible for damage caused by photocopying, even if no specific photocopy restrictions are noted on the material. Should any damage occur, report it to IBS. Do not attempt to repair it yourself.

Contact Interlibrary Services

Interlibrary Borrowing Service
133 Doe Library
UC Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000

(510) 642-7365
HOURS: Mon - Fri: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.


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