The UC Berkeley Library is dedicated to helping visiting scholars and postdocs access and use materials for their research. Let the Library team support you as a scholar through the following resources and services.
The Library provides borrowing privileges and other services to our community of visiting scholars and postdocs. Visiting scholars must receive official appointments with a UC Berkeley department or Organized Research Unit, and register with the Visiting Scholars and Postdoc Affairs (VSPA) Program.
- After registering with VSPA, your registration card should be taken to the Library Privileges Desk (Doe Library, Floor 1) to set up Library borrowing privileges.
- Borrowing — Your Cal 1 Card serves as your library card for borrowing materials and for access to the Main (Gardner) Stacks, Doe Library (after 8 p.m.), and the Media Resources Center.
- General loan terms:
- Visiting scholars can borrow monographs for one month, with a maximum of 20 items at a time.
- Postdocs can borrow monographs for three months, with a maximum of 200 items at a time.
- Off-campus access to licensed electronic resources — Access online resources from home via links found in UC Library Search, the Library website and guides, or install the campus VPN client.
- Interlibrary Borrowing can help visiting scholars and postdocs obtain materials that are not available at UC Berkeley.
- Pay for printing — Use your Cal 1 Card to pay for printing in the libraries.
- Renewals — Familiarize yourself with the options and rules for renewing materials.
- Contact your subject librarian — Specific librarians are designated to support each academic department and program, and serve as your first point of contact for all research-related inquiries.
- The Library welcomes suggestions for titles to consider purchasing. Use the Purchase request form to send us your suggestions.
- Graduate Services (Doe Library, Room 208) offers a core non-circulating research collection in the humanities and history and a quiet and congenial study space for graduate students, visiting scholars, and postdocs.
Library Data Services — These tools and resources can help scholars manage and share their data.
Library and Berkeley policies
- Database conditions of use — It is the responsibility of individual users to ensure their use of Library electronic resources does not breach the terms and conditions specified in the license agreements.
- Library code of conduct — Read about standards for Library use intended to create a safe and pleasant research environment for all patrons.
- UC Copyright Education — Check out this wide range of materials related to the use of copyrighted and public domain materials at the University of California.