UC Berkeley Library

You can still access the UC Berkeley Library's services and resources. Here's how.

Using the Library during COVID-19

Many of our services are now being offered in new ways. To find the latest information on course reserves, book returns, 24/7 online help, and more, visit our Library services and resources during COVID-19 page. The information on that page supersedes all other information on the Library website at this time.

Borrowing and Renewing

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All UC Berkeley faculty, staff, and students have borrowing privileges using their UC Berkeley picture ID. The ID of enrolled students are automatically activated in the Library system. Faculty and staff may need to visit the Privileges Desk in Doe Library before checking out EAL materials. Stanford graduate students and faculty have also recently been added to the UC Berkeley Library circulation system.

Faculty, staff and students from other UC campuses can obtain a UC Berkeley library card by presenting a current employee ID card or student ID at the Privileges Desk. Please visit the Library's borrowing page for full details.

Loan periods

  Faculty, Library staff (UCB, Stanford, GTU) Graduate students, Postdocs (UCB, Stanford, GTU) Undergraduate students, non-library staff Visiting scholars, non-Berkeley borrowers (Alumni, CSU students, CA residents, etc.)
Books Six months
(Item limit: 300
Renewal limit: 6)
Three months
(Item limit: 200
Renewal limit: 11)
One month
(Item limit: 100
Renewal limit: 11)
One month
(Item limit: 20
Renewal limit: 11)
Bound periodicals One week One week One week One week
Microforms One month One month One month One month
Media materials One week
(Item limit: 4)
One week
(Item limit: 4)
One week
(Item limit: 4)
One week
(Item limit: 4)
Reserves Two hours or one day Two hours or one day Two hours or one day Two hours or one day

Note that items shelved in the Reference Collections, Rare Book Room, and Special Collections, and other limited-use materials are non-circulating and cannot be checked out.


Library cardholders may renew their own items through OskiCat, by telephone or in person. All items may be renewed online except for reserve materials and items on which you owe fines. Please visit the Library's renew page for full details on renewals.

Return materials

Return materials to the circulation desk during library hours. After hours, return books to a library book drop. Refer to the lending library for information on returning non-book materials. Return interlibrary loan materials to 133 Doe.

If you return books in person, return receipts may be requested from a circulation desk for returned material. Materials damaged or incomplete should be brought immediately to the owning library circulation desk to discuss repair or replacement options that may be available. The Library does not keep a record or receipts issued. Please visit the Library's returning materials page for more information on return materials.

Overdue, Lost or Damaged Material

Library borrowers must return or renew items by their due date. When an item becomes overdue, borrowing privileges will be blocked until the item is returned. Some libraries charge a fine for overdue items. See: full details regarding billing, blocks and replacements.

UC Berkeley students who have owed the Library $200 or more for at least 30 days will also be blocked campus-wide with the Registrar's Office. Students blocked by the Registrar's Office will not be able to obtain transcripts or register for classes. Blocks are removed after all outstanding bills and fines have been paid at the Privileges Desk (Doe Library, floor 1) or online via My OskiCat.

If you have further questions about library privileges and accounts, email the Privileges Desk.