UC Berkeley Library

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

COVID-19 Portal for UC Berkeley Library Users

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On-site services

The Library is beginning a phased return to on-campus services. Read more on Library News.

Online resources

The Library offers expert help and many services that you can access remotely. These digital resources are 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.

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.

Freely available resources

For more information on how to access resources that are freely available online, visit our guide to freely available resources for research and our guide to open, free, and affordable course materials.

Electronic copies of articles

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.

Returning and renewing materials

Returns: As of Monday, June 29, UC Berkeley Library books can be returned via the book drops on the north side and south side of Doe Library. Most other book drops on campus remain closed. If you have materials other than books you need to return or if you have any other questions about returning materials, please contact privdesk@library.berkeley.edu. (Please don’t put electronic devices or DVDs in the book drop.)

Due dates: The Library has extended the due date for all items due between March 1, 2020 and August 30, 2020 to Monday, August 31, 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.

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 arrange for a librarian to provide remote instruction for their courses. Librarians can also help instructors with questions about purchasing materials to support research or courses.

Course reserves (for instructors)

2020 Summer and Fall semesters: Due to COVID-19 service disruptions, the Library is not accepting print or other analog materials (such as DVDs) for course reserves for the remainder of this calendar year. The Library is ready to help instructors identify digital options for their course readings to ensure they remain accessible to all students — whether they are on campus or learning remotely. Please send your syllabi (and related list of course pack readings) to us at ereserves@lists.berkeley.edu

Technology help

Looking for technology help? The Student Tech Help Desk continues to provide phone and email support for the remainder of the semester from 9 a.m.-5 p.m Monday-Friday. Please reach out at 510-642-HELP or 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.

Contact us

We welcome hearing your ideas about how our libraries can enhance our online support to the Berkeley campus community. Send your suggestions and comments to us.

Questions? Ask Us!