UC Berkeley Library

Interlibrary Lending Service

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Interlibrary Lending provides access to the material holdings of the UC Berkeley Libraries to institutional borrowers in the United States and around the world.

Lending staff may be contacted by phone Monday - Friday, between 8am and 5pm PST., or by email at lending@library.berkeley.edu


Interlibrary Lending is available to:

  • Academic, public, special and private libraries in the US, Canada and overseas.

Interlibrary Lending is not available to:

  • Individual borrowers - individual users need to consult their local libraries to arrange interlibrary loans or use the fee-based Duplication Service to request scans.
  • Borrowers from other UC campuses - use your local version of Melvyl to find and request materials from UC Berkeley, or other UC libraries outside of your home campus.

How to submit requests

Material Available for Loan

  • Books - monographs are lent for 30 days. Please abide by the due date stamped on the request form sent with UC Berkeley material.
    • We do not lend current or previous year English language imprints, proceedings of the past three years, reference/reserve material, double/triple folios, or rare books. Renewals are determined on a case-by-case basis.
  • Periodicals - we do not lend bound or unbound periodicals.
  • Dissertations and theses - we will lend if a circulating copy is available. The loan period is 30 days from receipt, library use only, and duplication is not permitted.
  • Newspapers - we will only lend newspapers available in microfilm (shown in our catalog as “Newsfilm”).
  • Microforms and special materials - most microforms (mainly microfilm) are available for loan for 30 days. Microforms, software, audio/visual material, maps and other media items do not circulate.
  • Government Documents - including census material and congressional hearings are also non-circulating but may be available for duplication.
  • Contact the Duplication Service to inquire about duplicating non-circulating material, which is not guaranteed.

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