The UC Berkeley Library supports educators in California’s K-12 system by providing access to pertinent services and resources.
Borrowing information for K-12 teachers
- California residents currently teaching in a California public school are eligible to receive a free library card.
- Bring proof of full-time current employment on letterhead from the school principal or district to the Privileges Desk (Doe Library, Floor 1) or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The letter must confirm employment during the current or forthcoming academic school year.
- UC Berkeley library cards must be renewed annually for the next fiscal year, beginning any time after April 1 of the current fiscal year (the UCB fiscal year begins July 1).
- K-12 teachers who do not have a library card are accorded the same privileges as visitors.
Available to K-12 teachers with a library card
- A maximum of 20 books checked out at any one time
- Access to most campus libraries, including Main (Gardner) Stacks through Doe Library
- Reference assistance, as needed
- Databases, library catalogs. and other educational resources via public computers in the libraries
- Many library events
- Library exhibits
- Printing/scanning in the libraries
Libraries and services not available to K-12 teachers with a library card
- Art History/Classics Library
- Graduate Services
- Interlibrary borrowing
- Media Resources Center
- Moffitt Library
- Items on reserve for UC Berkeley students
- Remote access to licensed databases
Bringing students to visit the Library
- While the UC Berkeley Library does not provide tours to groups not affiliated with the university, you can contact UC Berkeley Visitor Services to arrange a campus tour that includes stops in Doe Library and the Bioscience & Natural Resources Library.
- The UC Berkeley Library does not provide library instruction or orientations for K-12 programs that are not affiliated with the university.