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Interlibrary Borrowing services for UC Berkeley patrons (continued)

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View ILL requests

  • Use My ILL to view status or cancel requests.
    • Sign in with your Library card/Cal 1 Card number. The "PIN" field may  be left blank. Under Home Campus select UCB.
    • Once logged in, check the Show Everything box to view your inventory of IBS requests.
    • You can CANCEL here. 

How long does it take?

  • It depends where the item is coming from. It could be coming from another UC library or another country. Some items will arrive sooner and some later, depending on arrangements with the lending library.

Interlibrary Borrowing policies

  • Loan periods - The lending library sets the loan period which may range from 1 month to 6 months. IBS materials are subject to recall by the lending library at any time. Please return recalled materials immediately to insure that your UC Berkeley library privileges are not suspended. IBS requests may not be placed for material to be used for course reserve, exhibits or other long-term projects.
  • Textbooks - The Library does not borrow textbooks through Interlibrary Borrowing Services (IBS). Generally, loan periods that we get for books do not cover a full semester and can be recalled at any time. Faculty make textbooks available to you by putting them on Reserve and for rent or purchase through the Cal Bookstore. Other ways you can gain access is to utilize online vendors for purchasing or renting items on your required reading list at a discount. Along with textbooks, we cannot borrow test prep (e.g. GMAT, MCAT, GRE, LSAT), and "[Subject] for Dummies" books.
  • E-books are not currently available for interlibrary loan.
  • Special conditions - The lending library may impose special conditions on the use of their material. Common conditions include: library-use only, for use in The Bancroft Library, non-renewable, no photocopying, or user's signature required. Conditions are noted on the IBS book band attached to the material. When you accept the IBS loan, you are obliged to honor these conditions.
  • Special materials - Many Libraries will not lend rare, fragile, new or unique materials. Also they may not lend whole volumes of recent periodicals, DVDs, or special collection materials.
  • Loss and damage - As the borrower, you are responsible for any damage to or loss of IBS materials from the time you pick them up until you return them to the IBS office. You are also responsible for damage caused by scanning or copying from the material. Should any damage occur, report it to IBS. Do not attempt to repair it yourself.
  • IBS will not process requests for materials which UC Berkeley owns and is listed as AVAILABLE in the OskiCat catalog.

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