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How to use the Oski Xpress pickup service

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A graduate student picks up a book from the Oski Xpress service at Moffitt Libary on Jan. 22, 2021, during the pandemic.
A graduate student picks up a book from the Oski Xpress service at Moffitt Library.

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

Fourteen libraries are participating in Oski Xpress: Anthropology, Bioscience, Chemistry, Earth Sciences & Map, East Asian, Engineering, Environmental Design, Institute for Governmental Studies, Main (Gardner) Stacks, Mathematics Statistics, Morrison, Music, Physics-Astronomy, and Social Research. Only materials available from the circulating collections of these libraries are available at this time.

Beginning Jan. 19, 2021, requests are allowed for selected reference, permanent reserve, and other titles that usually are not eligible for checkout, which are at some of the libraries above as well as Graduate Services and the Business and South/Southeast Asia libraries.

Beginning April 19, 2021, requests are allowed for unrestricted materials from the Northern Regional Library Facility (NRLF).

How to use the service

Before requesting a title in OskiCat, search HathiTrust’s Emergency Temporary Access Service by logging in and following a few simple steps. Any item with temporary access via the HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service is available only to current UC Berkeley students, faculty, staff, postdocs, visiting scholars, visiting researchers, fee-filling graduate students, and emeritus faculty at this time. That temporary online access is critical while most members of our campus community are researching and learning remotely. At this time, the Library must cancel requests for any print items for which we have temporary digital access through that repository.

If the title is not available through HathiTrust, search OskiCat to confirm there is a copy in one of the participating libraries listed above with the status “Available.” If the copies from those locations are checked out or missing, we will not be able to fill your request. If a title is needed as a required reading for a course, we may need to cancel your hold in order to make it available for the class. UC Berkeley faculty and graduate students have a 20-item hold limit; all other library users have a 10-item hold limit.

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 can wait to receive a group of confirmations together before making your pickup appointment. We will hold paged items for seven days.

Wait for the email confirmation before you make an appointment. Do not make an appointment before receiving the email confirmation, as your items will not be ready and you will prevent other people from picking up their items. The email confirmation includes a link to the appointment calendar. Appointments are offered 10 a.m. through 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. At your appointment time, items can be picked up from Moffitt’s third-floor entrance, near the Free Speech Movement Café.

6 steps for requests and pickup 

  1. After logging in, check if the title you want has “temporary access” provided by HathiTrust’s Emergency Temporary Access Service. If not, the Library may be able to loan a print copy to you.
  2. Find the title you want in OskiCat and click on its title. Verify that the status of the copy is “Available” in one of the participating libraries listed at the top of this page.
  3. Click on the Request button near the top search bar.
  4. Login via CalNet or with your OskiCat Patron/PIN.
  5. 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. After you receive an email confirmation that your holds are ready, schedule a 15-minute pickup appointment as outlined in the message. Items will be held at Moffitt for seven days.
  6. When you arrive at Moffitt’s third-floor (south) entrance to pick up holds at the booked time, please come to the middle 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. A Cal 1 Card or eligible UC Berkeley Library card must be presented at pickup.

Questions or issues?

Check out our Access and Privileges FAQs, or contact us.