Information for alumni

Privileges and borrowing

Alumni members may email the Privileges Desk at or visit the desk during open hours to set up or renew an account. Please refer to the Library cards for non-UCB patrons section for more information.

  • Alumni who do not have a library card are accorded the same privileges as visitors.
  • Alumni of any University of California campus who have a paid membership in any of the 10 campus alumni associations may obtain a UC Berkeley library card.
  • Visit the California Alumni Association website to find out how to join.
  • All applicants must provide proof of California residence and a current government-issued ID such as a driver’s license or passport.
  • Please bring your alumni association membership card and required identification to the Privileges Desk.
  • The library borrowing card is good for the length of your annual membership.
  • Lifetime alumni association members will receive cards with three-year terms.
  • All cards may be renewed in person or via email as warranted by the expiration date on the library card.

Available to alumni with a library card

  • A maximum of 20 books checked out at any one time
  • Access to most campus libraries, including the Main (Gardner) Stacks through Doe Library
  • Reference assistance
  • Databases, library catalogs, and other educational resources via public computers in the libraries
  • Many library events
  • Library exhibits
  • Printing/scanning in the libraries
  • Disability resources: Find equal-access Library services and research assistance for persons with physical and print disabilities.

Not available to alumni with a library card

  • Remote access to licensed databases, e-journals, e-books, etc.
  • Interlibrary borrowing
  • Items on reserve for UC Berkeley students
  • Law Library
  • Art History/Classics Library
  • Moffitt Library
  • Graduate Services
  • Media Resources Center

Freely available resources for research

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