UC Berkeley Library

You can still access the UC Berkeley Library’s services and resources during the closure. Here’s how.

Using the Library during COVID-19

During the pandemic, many of our services are being offered in new ways. To find the latest information on course reserves, book returns, 24/7 online help, and more, visit our COVID-19 portal, which provides more up-to-date information than the text below.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Questions? Ask Us!

Do I need to sign a borrowing agreement before I may borrow a GALC print?

Yes. UC Berkeley students, faculty, and staff must submit the Borrowing Agreement Form before they may borrow a print from the Graphic Arts Loan Collection (GALC) in the Morrison Library,

How many GALC prints may I borrow each year?

UC Berkeley students, faculty, and staff may check-out up to two prints each academic year beginning with the Fall semester from the Graphic Arts Loan Collection (GALC).

Does the Library offer a prize for undergraduate research?

Yes, the Charlene Conrad Liebau Library Prize for Undergraduate Research awards up to six annual prizes for the best lower-division ($750) and upper-division ($1000) papers from courses taught in departments across the campus.

May I save my work to a borrowed Library laptop?

No. Library devices use Deep Freeze to restrict data from being saved to the hard drive. All of your work will be lost when the device is shut down. You must save your work to cloud-based services or to an external drive.

Which libraries on campus have standing desks/workstations?

Bioscience, Natural Resources & Public Health Library:
5 standing fixed height counters with stools for public use and 2 standing counters without computers or stools.

Business Library:
Several high desks with high stools, or for standing, on the lower level.

Doe Library:
4 standing desk public access computers in the Reference Hall on floor 2, near the reference desk.

Earth Sciences & Map Library:
A couple of standing height tables at the windows in the south end of the stacks area.

East Asian Library:
8 standing workstations, two each floor. They are for library catalog search only.

Engineering Library:
2 standing-height desks with high stools, but people can also stand at them.

Environmental Design Library:
A standing bar by the bound periodicals. It's at a fixed standing height and has lots of electrical access. 2 accessible desks that can be raised or lowered. 1 of the desks has a computer.

Institute of Governmental Studies Library:
2 sit/stand desks with public PCs on them, and one with a research-only PC on it.

Mathematics Statistics Library:
2 standing public computer workstations.

Moffitt Library (open to those with a current UCB ID or gold UC Berkeley Library Card):
Standing work tables on the 4th and 5th floors.

Can I recommend a library purchase?

Yes! The Library welcomes suggestions from our students, faculty, instructors, staff, alumni and community patrons.

Please submit your suggestion for for books, periodicals, data sets and movies via the Purchase Recommendation Form.

NOTE: The Data Acquisition and Access Program provides a method for UC Berkeley faculty, students and staff to get access to data that requires purchase, licensing or is otherwise restricted.

Is it true that I can borrow art from The Library?

Yes, it's true! The Graphic Arts Loan Collection (GALC) is a collection of framed, original lithographs, etchings,and woodblock prints, that UCB students, faculty and staff may borrow for their dorm room, home or office. Please see the GALC website for more information.

Video throws an error message. What can I do?

Browser plug-ins or add-ons might be interferring with the playback of the video.

  • Open OskiCat and search for the name of the video
  • In the OskiCat record, click on the link to the video.
  • If you receive this error message: Error. Video Playback Was Aborted, disable browser plug-ins or add-ons that might be interfering with the playback of the video.
  • For Firefox hold down the Shift key, and click on the browser icon to open the browser in "Safe mode," which disables possibly interfering plug-ins.

See How to find Media for more information.

Is there one search box I can use to search all databases to find articles on my topic?

The Start your search tool on the Library homepage will search many library-licensed article databases as well as OskiCat and other important library collections. It doesn’t include everything though, and we encourage more advanced researchers to use the subject-specific databases that best represent their research topic.