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.

When should I use the proxy server or VPN?

Most electronic resources are licensed by the Library from companies in business for profit. The terms of our contracts with these companies stipulate that the Library allow only UC Berkeley faculty, students and staff to use these materials.

Consequently, when you are off campus you will not be able to access many of the online journals and databases that you could access while on campus, unless you use proxied links found in Library websites (OskiCat, A-Z Databases, LibGuides, Library website) or use the campus Virtual Private Network (VPN).

Note: For technical and contractual reasons there may be some resources that are not accessible from off campus at all.

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