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Using the Library during COVID-19

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


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Policies and loan periods

Using resources in the library: UC Berkeley students, faculty, and staff, as well as members of the public, are welcome to visit the Bioscience and Natural Resources Library and use both print and electronic library resources within the library.

Library Code of Conduct:

Borrowing items: Circulating items at the Bioscience, Natural Resources & Public Health Library may be checked out using a UC Berkeley photo ID card (Cal 1 card) or a current library card.

Obtaining a UC Berkeley Library card: Please see the Borrow page of the main UC Berkeley Library website.

Loan periods for circulating items vary depending on the type of material and the borrower:

Type of Material  Loan Period 
(print & CD)
Cookbooks  7 days 
All others Berkeley Faculty & Staff: 6 months, 7 renewals
Berkeley Graduate Students: 3 months, 11 renewals
Berkeley Undergraduates, Non-Academic Staff, Alumni & others: 1 month, 11 renewals
Journals  Current issues Library Use Only
Unbound Library Use Only
Bound 7 days, 11 renewals
CD 7 days
Reserves 2 hours (overnight OK - includes most textbooks) 
1 day 
7 days
DVDs 7 days
Microfilm Berkeley borrowers: 1 day
All others: Library use only
Microfiche  Library use only
Reference  Library use only
Maps  1 week or library use only
Locked Case  Library use only

Locked case items cannot be checked out but may be used within the library. Locked case items must be requested at the Circulation Desk, and may only be used when the Reference Desk is staffed.

Returns: Borrowers are responsible for either returning items by the due date, or renewing books before the due date has elapsed. Books may be returned to the slot on the right hand of the circulation desk during the library's open hours.

After hours book return: The after-hours book return is located on the south side of VLSB near the first floor handicapped-accessible building entrance. Books returned to the after-hours book drop will not be checked back into our system until the following day.

Universal return: Patrons can return checked-out books to any book return on campus.
—does not apply to course reserves, which must be returned to the lending library;
—does not apply to interlibrary loan materials, which must be returned to the Interlibrary Borrowing Service (IBS), 133 Doe Library. An after-hours IBS book return is available, Room 133.

Please note that books returned to libraries other than the lending library will remain checked out to the patron until they are delivered to and processed by the lending library, which may take several days.

Overdue, lost, or damaged items

Library borrowers must return or renew items by their due date. Patrons will receive a courtesy reminder via the email address in their account 3 days before library materials are due. Thereafter, overdue notices will be issued 4 days, 14 days, and 30 days after the due date. Borrowing privileges will be blocked and a bill warning will be generated when the second (14-day) overdue notice has been issued. In addition, fines are accrued for overdue reserve items at a rate of $2.50 per hour for 2-hour reserve items and $10 per day for 1-day and 7-day reserve items.

If an item is damaged or lost, borrowers are liable for charges incurred to repair or replace the item, however a borrower may replace lost or damaged materials with acceptable copies at the discretion of the library unit head. Approval must be attained from the lending library before procuring a replacement. The Library offers advice on how to find replacements for lost library books and serials. Note that replacement copies will not be accepted for Northern Regional Library Facility (NRLF) items.

Borrow from other libraries (Interlibrary Loan/ILL)

UC Berkeley faculty, staff, and students may request items from other libraries. Material that is already owned at Berkeley is not eligible for Interlibrary Loan.


  • For journal articles found in databases, after clicking Get it at UC, choose Request through Interlibrary Loan
  • In UC Library Search, navigate to How to Get It: Request through Interlibrary Loan
  • For items not found in UC Library Search, use the Interlibrary Loan Request Form.

In person:

  • Go to the Bioscience Library reference desk (2101 VLSB) or the Interlibrary Loan office (133 Doe Library)

Interlibrary Loan is not available for patrons not affiliated with UC Berkeley. Please contact your local public or academic library to request materials.