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.

How to use the Oski Xpress pickup service

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The Library now provides a contactless pickup service at Moffitt Library for all borrowers who have current Cal 1 Cards or UC Berkeley Library cards.

Only materials from Main (Gardner) Stacks and Morrison Library may be requested. These are the only collections available at this time. We will expand this service to include other campus libraries as we can access those locations. 

When searching OskiCat, confirm there is a copy in Main (Gardner) Stacks or Morrison Library with the status “Available.” If the copies from those locations are checked out or missing, we will not be able to fill your request.

Before requesting an item, search the HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service. You may find full-text access there. Any item with temporary access via the HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service is only available to current UC Berkeley faculty members, students, and staff at this time. That temporary online access is critical while most members of our campus community are researching and learning remotely. However, the Library cannot check out our print copy to anyone while the emergency service is providing a version digitally. Before requesting a title in OskiCat, search HathiTrust after logging in and following some simple steps. The Library ensures we honor the HathiTrust emergency agreement, so we will cancel requests for any print items that are available through that repository.

Items needed for course readings have highest priority. If a title is needed as a required reading, we may need to cancel your hold in order to make it available for the class.

Paging items takes us several days. If you want to request several items, we encourage you to make them at the same time. While all the books may not all be ready for pickup at the same time, this will make it more likely. 

For each request, you will get an email confirmation when it is ready. If you are requesting multiple items you could wait to receive a group of confirmations together before making your pickup appointment. We will hold paged items for seven days.

At your appointment time, items can be picked up from Moffitt’s third floor entrance, near the FSM Cafe. Do not make an appointment before receiving the email confirmation as your items will not be ready.

6 steps for requests and pickup 

  1. Find the title you want in OskiCat and click on its title. Verify that the status of the copy in Main (Gardner) Stacks or Morrison Library is “Available.”
  2. Click on the request button near the top search bar.
  3. Login via CalNet, or with your OskiCat Patron/PIN.
  4. Paging and preparing your items will take us several days. For each request, you will receive a notification when the item is available for pickup. 
  5. Once you receive an email confirmation that your holds are ready, please schedule a 15-minute pickup appointment through LibCal. Items will be held at Moffitt for seven days. 
  6. When you arrive at Moffitt’s third floor (south) entrance [map] to pick up holds at the booked time, please come to the glass door so that a Library staff member can see that you have arrived. A staff member will come to the door to confirm your name and see your Library card. If a staff member does not meet you soon, please call us at 510-642-5072. A Cal 1 Card or eligible Library card must be presented at pickup. 

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