UC Berkeley Library

Computers in the libraries

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UCB students, faculty and staff:

  • Computers with access to library resources and the Internet are available in all campus libraries.
  • Word processing and other desktop applications may be found on public PCs in the libraries (requires CalNet ID).
  • If you are not able to log onto a library workstation, you probably need to sync your CalNet ID and passphrase. If you can, please use the dedicated syncronizing computer at the Reference Desk on the second floor of Doe Library. If you're not able to get to Doe Library, then please follow the synchronize your passphrase instructions.
  • Access to the UC Berkeley Virtual Lab with support for SPSS and Stata statistical analysis packages.
  • If you use your CalNet ID to login to a public computer, you must log out when you are finished.
  • Pay for printing with your Cal 1 card.
  • Scanning to email, cloud storage and USB drive is free.
  • For best results, use Firefox to open a PDF found in bCourses.

General public:

  • Computers with access to library resources and the Internet are available in all campus libraries.
  • You have research access to library catalogs, licensed databases, and websites in the .edu, .gov, .org domains and selected .com sites.
  • You have access to email hosted on a .edu, .gov, or .org domain.
  • Pay for printing with a Cal 1 Guest card. Request one from a public service desk, or the Copy Center in Moffitt Library. Add funds via the Guest Card site.
  • Scanning to email, cloud storage and USB drive is free.

Wi-Fi in the libraries

  • UCB students use AirBears2 to connect to the Internet via Wi-Fi.
  • Visitors use CalVisitor to connect to the Internet via Wi-Fi. CalVisitor allows visitors to access their email and the Internet but does not allow access to licensed library resources.

Wireless access to the Internet and printing from personal devices are available in all campus libraries. For more information see:

Technical assistance with Wi-Fi:

Laptops in the libraries

  • UCB students may borrow a laptop, iPad and other electronic devices from the Library.
  • Phone chargers are available for checkout in Moffitt Library, floor 4.
  • There are 10 Android and 10 Apple Lightning USB wall chargers with cables available for check-out to UC Berkeley students at Moffitt Library and the Engineering Library Circulation Desk.
    • The loan period is two hours with no renewal or overnight.
    • Students must present their Cal1 ID card to borrow.
    • See Library charges and fines for replacement and overdue charges.
  • UCB students register and configure your laptop to use the Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol service to connect to the Internet via a network jack.
  • Printing from a laptop or mobile device is available from all campus libraries for patrons with a Cal1 card. See the guide for more details. If you have a Guest Card, printing is only available from a public workstation computer.

Library Data Lab - 189 Doe Library Annex

  • UCB students, faculty and staff use the Data Lab for numeric data research.
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