Moffitt Library is opening Aug. 22. Other libraries will have updated services and hours. Learn more.

Library service updates: What you need to know

Are the libraries open?

Yes, most of UC Berkeley’s libraries are open. One exception is Moffitt Library, which is closed for seismic upgrades.

The UC Berkeley Library has announced its plans for the 2022-23 academic year, which includes reopening Moffitt on Aug. 22 and adjusting hours and services at some locations. Learn more about the Library’s plans for the upcoming year.

Several services that are normally housed in Moffitt have temporarily moved to Doe Library. These services and their new locations are: the Copy Center (105 Doe), the Media Resources Center (190 Doe), the Makerspace (190 Doe), the Student Tech Help Desk (190 Doe), and Data Peer Consulting (190 Doe).

Find the most up-to-date library hours here.

Do I need to wear a face covering in the libraries?

Face coverings are strongly recommended, but not required, indoors — regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status. Learn more about UC Berkeley’s face covering requirements, including what it means to be fully vaccinated.

What else do I need to know about visiting the libraries?

Before visiting any library, please make sure you are not experiencing symptoms. If you are feeling ill, please stay home, and return when you are feeling better. While you’re in the libraries, please follow the code of conduct.

How can I return the Library materials I’ve borrowed?

Moffitt Library’s book drops will remain closed during the seismic safety construction project. Users may return Library materials to the book drops at Doe North, Doe South, or any other library, including the Northern Regional Library Facility. Items may also be returned in person to staff at any circulation desk.

Learn more about returning materials.

Is there construction happening in the libraries?

Yes. Construction in Doe Library continues, with intermittent disruptions in the basement and on floors 1 and 2. Signs are posted in those spaces with additional details.

Moffitt Library will be closed for a seismic safety construction project from January until Aug. 22. All library services and staff will be temporarily relocated from Moffitt, mainly to Doe. Classrooms in Moffitt will be closed, with activity shifting to other rooms around campus, and students will be asked to use study spaces at Doe, Main (Gardner) Stacks, and other campus libraries. The Newspapers & Microforms Library will also remain closed.

Can I still access HathiTrust’s Emergency Temporary Access Service?

Patrons can no longer use HathiTrust’s Emergency Temporary Access Service. The service ended Aug. 24, 2021, in time for the reopening of many of the library buildings, and the restoration of access to the libraries’ physical collections.

The UC Berkeley Library continues to be a member of HathiTrust. Copyrighted items are still available for full-text search, just not viewable, in the HathiTrust Digital Library, and this can be helpful in the creation of a bibliography. You may continue to access HathiTrust items that are in the public domain or available through Creative Commons licensing. These titles are marked “Full View” in HathiTrust’s online catalog.

How can I get research help?

Use our 24/7 chat service, reach out via email, or make a 30-minute appointment with a librarian. You can also schedule a consultation with a subject librarian (see a list here) by email or through the appointment link.

You can also peruse hundreds of Library Guides, which include primers on writing and researching, resources on a range of academic subjects, and a how-to on using Wi-Fi in the libraries.

Can you help me get the materials I need for classes?

Yes. The Library is continuing its popular e-reserves program, which provides students with free digital versions of many of the materials — articles, books, and videos — they need for their classes. If your instructor has requested e-reserves, you will find the links on your class bCourses site.

Instructors: Summer 2022 requests were due by March 25. Please submit your fall 2022 courses via email to ereserves@lists.berkeley.edu. Requests received after June 6 are unlikely to be available for the start of the semester. Late requests will be accepted through Sept. 30 and will be made available as we are able.

Do you have items that you checked out before the July 27, 2021, launch of UC Library Search?

Faculty, students, staff, postdocs, and visiting scholars: Items checked out before July 27, 2021 — which marked the launch of UC Library Search, the University of California’s all-in-one platform for discovery — cannot be automatically renewed by the new system. These items, however, can be manually renewed online by the user. If the maximum number of renewals has been reached, users must come to the Library to return the items or check them out again. Users will receive a courtesy notice four days before an item’s due date, letting them know the item is almost due and needs to be renewed (if possible) or returned.

Items checked out after the July 27, 2021, launch of UC Library Search will be renewed automatically unless the maximum number of renewals has been reached or the items have been recalled.

Community users, such as alumni and California residents: Materials (whether checked out before or after the launch of UC Library Search) will not be renewed automatically, and must be renewed online or in person. Users will receive a courtesy notice regarding renewal or return requirements four days before an item’s due date.

All users: If you are ready to return the items, you can use book returns at any campus library except Moffitt Library (which is closed for seismic upgrades). The book return on the south side of Doe Library is accessible by car. Items may also be returned in person to staff at any circulation desk. Learn more about returning materials.

Anything else I should know?

Stay up to date by visiting UC Berkeley’s Coronavirus portal.

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