UC Berkeley Library

You can still access the UC Berkeley Library’s services and resources during the closure. Here’s how.

Remote Resources for UC Berkeley Library Users

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The Library offers expert help and many services that you can access remotely:

Online resources

The UC Berkeley Library has an amazing number of digital resources available to the Berkeley campus community.

If you are not on campus, use EZProxy or VPN full tunnel to authenticate yourself as a Berkeley student, faculty, or staff to access the wealth of resources licensed for our community. See details for connecting to the Library from off campus.

The Library’s Interlibrary Services (ILL) department continues to fill patron requests for electronic copies of articles, including from Elsevier journals, and is also filling e-article requests from peer institutions. Place a request online. The borrowing and lending of all other print materials is currently suspended. If you have any questions, please contact us at cuy@library.berkeley.edu.

In purchasing new items for the Berkeley academic community, we are now prioritizing e-formats wherever possible to allow our researchers quick access to the needed materials. Library users can send requests through the purchase recommendation form.

Online help 24/7

If you have questions about using our online resources, just ask! You can email or chat with a librarian at any time. The chat service is staffed by Berkeley librarians, but at peak service times or off-hours you may be connected with a librarian from another academic library.

Librarian consultations

Subject librarians with expertise in specific areas are available to Berkeley students and instructors for one-on-one consultations online. Once you identify a librarian, you can schedule an online consultation with them via the appointment link or an email. Instructors can also arrange for a librarian to provide remote instruction for their courses.

Technology help

Looking for technology help? The Student Tech Help Desk is available most weekdays by email at sts-help@berkeley.edu.

Students without the technology resources they need to complete their classes online can take part in the campus’s Laptop and Wifi Hotspot Lending Program.

Returning and renewing materials

Returns: Since all campus libraries are closed until further notice, Library book drops are closed. Please keep your items until the libraries reopen. If you need to return prints checked out from the Library’s Graphic Arts Loan Collection before April 22, 2020, email Scott Peterson (speterso@berkeley.edu) to discuss special arrangements.

Due dates: The Library has extended the due date for all items due between March 1 and May 31 to Monday, June 1, 2020. If the Library closure is extended, these due dates will be changed. You can also renew items proactively through My OskiCat. You will see a list of items you have checked out and any options for renewing.

Recalls: For items recalled, users should keep the items until the Library reopens. Once campus libraries reopen, please return recall items to any circulation desk. Libraries will make adjustments to any fees associated with a recall.

Billing: Items billed for replacement before March 16, 2020 are subject to normal policies. Once returned, billed items will be subject to a $10 per item processing fee.

More information: Please see the Borrow page for more information about Library user responsibility. Please check Library News, Twitter, or Facebook for updates on Library operations and services.

You can direct related questions to the Privileges Desk at privdesk@library.berkeley.edu.

Contact us

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