Borrow

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Library Cards

  • Cal 1 card: UC Berkeley registered students, faculty, instructors, lecturers and staff use your Cal 1 Card 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.
  • Other users: consult library cards for non-UCB patrons.
  • The Privileges Desk is where you can get help, and ask questions about your borrowing privileges and responsibilities.

Check-out limits and loan periods

Loan periods, due dates and limits vary among the campus libraries. Login to My OskiCat to view and renew your checked-out items. It is the cardholder's responsibility to note the due dates for materials and to return or renew them by those dates. Generally speaking:

Renewing materials

You can renew items online via My OskiCat. For more options and information consult the renewing materials page.

Paging on-campus materials

You can submit online requests for circulating items available at one campus library to be retrieved and held for pick-up at the Circulation Desk of that library or another campus library of your choice. To page materials use the Request button at the top of an item's record in OskiCat. For details consult the Online paging FAQs.

Request/Borrow from NRLF

UC Berkeley students, faculty, staff, and UC Berkeley Library cardholders, may request/borrow material from the Northern Regional Library Facility (NRLF)

Returning materials

  • Return UCB Library materials to any library circulation desk during open hours or to the outdoor/after-hour library book drops when libraries are closed.
  • Refer to the owning library for information about returning non-book materials after-hours.
  • Return interlibrary loan materials to 133 Doe.
  • Return Receipts may be requested from a circulation desk for returned material. The Library does not keep a record of receipts issued.
  • Materials damaged or incomplete should be brought immediately to the owning library circulation desk to discuss repair or replacement options that may be available.

Fines

Consult the fines page for more information about library fines, overdues, lost and damaged material, billing, blocks and replacements.

Search for missing items

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 email when search requests have been located.

Recall checked-out items

Library cardholders with borrowing privileges may recall items checked out by another borrower by logging in to My OskiCat.

  • You will be notified by email when the item is available to be picked up.
  • Recalled items should be available within one week, and placed on hold at the location of your choice.
  • If more than one person has recalled an item, they 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.

Email address updates

  • Patrons receive all hold pickup, recall, overdue, bill and search notices via email.
  • UCB faculty, staff and students: update your email address in the CalNet Directory. Changes made in OskiCat will be overwritten by CalNet updates.
  • Non-UCB library cardholders (those without CalNet IDs): update your email address in My OskiCat.

Borrow a laptop, iPad and other electronic devices from the Library

The library has 20 Apple MacBook Air laptops 13” (10 laptops run Windows and 10 laptops run OSX) and 10 Apple iPads Air available for checkout. For more details, see the laptop lending FAQs, and the Electronic Devices Lending Policy.

Fee-based document delivery

BAKER is a fee-based document delivery service available to UC Berkeley faculty, staff, and graduate students. BAKER also has a special agreement with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and provides free services to UC Berkeley students with a print disability who have been pre-authorized by the Disabled Students’ Program (DSP).

Institutional borrowers

The Interlibrary Lending Service provides access to the material holdings of the UC Berkeley Libraries to institutional borrowers in the United States and Canada, and the British Library.

Borrower responsibilities

  • 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 email address in the CalNet Directory.
  • Library cardholders are responsible for maintaining a current email address in My OskiCat
  • All borrowers are responsible for having a current physical address on file with the 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.

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