UC Berkeley Library

Interlibrary Borrowing Service

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Interlibrary Borrowing Service (IBS) obtains items not available in UC Berkeley's library collections for eligible UC Berkeley students, faculty, and staff. International borrowing is available to faculty and graduate students.

Items considered not available and therefore eligible to be requested through Interlibrary Borrowing: 
not owned by UC Berkeley (check Oskicat), in process, at the bindery, checked out, on order, or missing.

 

How to request a loan from a non-UC Berkeley library

  • Search OskiCat for the item needed. If it is not available or not owned, use the "UC Libraries and Beyond" button to go to Melvyl or request from a UC-eLinks page.
  • Melvyl - Locate the item needed and use the orange "Request" button in the item record to initiate the request from other institutions. Note that currently e-books and textbooks are not eligible through Interlibrary Borrowing.
  • UC-eLinks - Locate an item using the Citation Linker. If not available, click on the “Request this from the library” link to initiate the request from another institution.
  • If you cannot locate the material needed in Melvyl, use the IBS Request Form:
    • Select Book or Thesis
    • Use the Notes field to provide any additional information (eg. chapter or pages needed, preferred format, circulating copy only).
  • In person - Visit Interlibrary Services at 133 Doe Library where the staff can assist you with your request.
  • RLCP - UCB faculty, academic staff, and graduate students can borrow directly from Stanford University Library using the Research Library Cooperative Program (RLCP).

How to request an article or part of a book from a non-UC Berkeley library

Most scans of articles/book chapters are filled digitally and sent directly to your email on file.

  • Search OskiCat for the material needed. If it is not available or not owned, click on the blue “UC Libraries and Beyond” button on the right side of the page to go to Melvyl or request from a UC-eLinks page.
  • Melvyl - Locate the publication (e.g. journal title, conference proceeding) and use the orange "Request" button in the item record to initiate the request from other institutions.
  • Supply as much information that you can, especially ISSN number, OCLC or accession number, page numbers, proceedings title, and year.
  • Use the Notes field if you have any other information.
  • UC-eLinks - Locate an article, chapter, etc. using the Citation Linker. If not available, click on the “Request this from the library” link to initiate the request from another institution.
  • If you cannot locate the material needed in Melvyl, use the IBS Request Form:
    • Select Periodical or Book
    • Supply as much information that you can, especially where you found the material listed
    • Use the Notes field to provide any additional information (eg. chapter or pages needed).
  • In person - Visit Interlibrary Services at 133 Doe Library where the staff can assist you with your request.
  • RLCP - UCB faculty, academic staff, and graduate students can borrow directly from Stanford University Library using the Research Library Cooperative Program (RLCP).

View Interlibrary Borrowing Requests

Use My ILL to view the status of pending requests, request a renewal, or cancel requests.

  • Sign in with your Library card/Cal 1 Card number. Under Home Campus select “UCB.”
  • Once logged in, check the Show Everything box to view your inventory of IBS requests.

Pick up and Return

You can pick up and return Interlibrary Borrowing material to any campus library circulation desk except the Law Library. You select the pickup location when you submit the request.

Please note: If a lender restricts the material to Library Use Only, you will receive an email with the location where you can view the material (Bancroft Library, Newspaper & Microform Library, Media Resource Center, or Morrison Library).

More information on pick ups and returns.

Delivery Timeframe

Lender availability and processing time can impact the delivery timeframe for all types of requests.

  • Scans (articles, chapters, etc.) will typically arrive within a few days to your email on file.
  • Loans (books, scores, maps, theses, etc.) available from another UC campus will typically arrive within three to five business days. Loans obtained from outside of the UC system will take longer due to shipping times.

Loan Periods

The loan period is set by the lending institution. Loan periods range from six months (most UC loans) to one week. Always check your Oskicat, not your My ILL, inventory for your correct due date.

Overdue material -  If you don’t return your books after the reminder notices, your library account will be blocked and you will be billed the full replacement cost of the item and any additional fees

Renewals - Use My ILL to request a renewal at least one week before your due date in Oskicat. we need to contact the lender, and will get back to you by email within 2 days. Most loans are for six months (most UC libraries.). If you need more time, we will try to accomodate you.

 

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