UC Berkeley Library

UC Berkeley’s library buildings are open. Here’s what you need to know.

Using the Library during COVID-19

UC Berkeley’s library buildings are now open. To stay up to date on the Library’s policies and services during the pandemic, visit the Library’s COVID-19 webpage.

Information for Visitors

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The Library welcomes visitors to the UC Berkeley campus.

Available to visitors to the libraries:

Available to visitors remotely:

  • UC Library Search - All ten UC libraries, UC's two off-campus storage complexes, and collections worldwide.
  • Calisphere - Free public access to digital collections from California libraries, archives, and museums.
  • Online Archive of California - Free public access to detailed descriptions of primary source collections (artwork, manuscripts, papers, historic photographs, and so on).
  • Library guides - Librarian experts have created these pages to help you find resources and services by subject, course and topic at UC Berkeley.
  • Reference assistance - Ask a librarian questions via 24/7 chat, webform, email and telephone.
  • Duplication services - Fee-based access to of a variety of materials within the UC Berkeley library collections.
  • Via your public library, you may be able to borrow materials from the UC Berkeley libraries.

Libraries and services not available to visitors:

Visitors who are California residents may purchase a library borrowing card from the Privileges Desk, Doe Library, floor 1. 

Library card for California residents:

  • Currently priced at $100 for one year ($95 for seniors).
  • You may purchase a borrowing card at the Privileges Desk, Doe Library, floor 1. You must show proof of California residence and a current government-issued ID. You may pay by VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, bank debit card, or personal check made payable to "UC Regents".
  • You may also apply for a library card online by emailing privdesk@library.berkeley.edu.

Available to California residents with a library card:

  • A maximum of 20 books charged out at any one time
  • Access to most campus libraries [including Main (Gardner) Stacks through Doe Library]
  • Reference assistance
  • Databases, library catalogs and other educational resources via public computers in the libraries
  • Many library events
  • Library exhibits
  • Printing/scanning in the libraries

Libraries and services not available to California residents with a library card:

  • Art History/Classics Library
  • Graduate Services
  • Interlibrary borrowing
  • Media Resources Center
  • Moffitt Library
  • Items on reserve for UC Berkeley students
  • Remote access to licensed databases

Institutional borrowers:

The Interlibrary Lending Service provides access to the material holdings of the UC Berkeley Libraries to institutional borrowers in the United States and Canada, and the British Library.