UC Berkeley Library

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

Using the Library during COVID-19

During the pandemic, many of our services are being offered in new ways. To find the latest information on course reserves, book returns, 24/7 online help, and more, visit our COVID-19 portal, which provides more up-to-date information than the text below.

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:

  • OskiCat - The UC Berkeley Library catalog.
  • 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.
  • 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 The Regents of the University of California.

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.

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