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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Is there a guide for finding primary sources?

We feature several pages that can help you find primary sources in the Library and beyond.

A good first step is our guide to Finding Historical Primary Sources.

Can I pay someone in the Library to help me with my research or homework?

Actually, our reference staff can help you find the resources you are looking for for free (we draw the line at doing your homework, though). Non-UC Berkeley users are encouraged to start with their public or academic library to use the local or regional resources to their maximum benefit, and to request items through the interlibrary loan (ILL) services of those libraries.

What computers and software are available in the Library?

Computers with access to library resources and the Internet are available in all campus libraries. UC Berkeley students, faculty, and staff doing research are given priority for computer use, and entry of a CalNet ID is required for full Internet access.

Many public computers include word processing and other desktop applications (CalNet ID required). See the list of software on public computers.

How do I get to the UC Berkeley campus?

The Visitor Services website has extensive information about traveling to campus.

Can I check out unbound journal issues?

Usually you will not be able to check out recent issues of journals and magazines that haven't yet been bound.  However, printer/scanners are located in each campus library for your convenience. You can also search for an online version of the title you are looking for.

After journals are bound they are typically shelved in a library's stacks like books. Depending on the library, they may be shelved by call number or title. Loan periods for bound journals vary. Consult a library's website for more information.

Where can I find a list of library hours?

On our Library Hours page, you can see today's hours for all the UC Berkeley libraries and select a future date. Subject library homepages also display current hours.

Where can I see a map of the libraries?

Please view/download a PDF map of library locations. For library contact information visit our directory.

How do I put a hold on a book or submit a recall request?

If you search for a book in OskiCat and find that it has already been checked out by another borrower, you can now submit a request for it online, as long as there are no other copies currently available on campus (this includes copies that could be checked out, and also reference copies that can be used in the library).

If no such copies are available, you will see a Request button in OskiCat (see image below).

When you select this option you will be prompted to log in with either your Library/Cal1 card number and PIN, or your CalNet ID and passphrase. The login screen explains more about these options.

You will then be able to select the UCB library where you want the book delivered.

When you submit a request, the borrower who currently has the item will receive a message to return it within seven days. When the item is returned, you will receive an email when it is available to be picked up.

To view the requests you have pending, click on the My OskiCat link, located in top right corner of each OskiCat screen.

Request in OskiCat