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.

Course Reserves

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Traditional Course Reserves policies are consistent across campus libraries. Course reserves are semester specific short-term loans, two hours or one day.

Information for Students

  • Print material placed on course reserve may be found via OskiCat, or may be posted to bCourses at faculty discretion.
  • Online audio on course reserve for a music class may be found exclusively via the bCourses site for the class.

Information for Instructors

Most material in Music Library collections is available for use in traditional course reserves.  However, special collection and Case X items may not be placed on reserve. Monographs and some journal titles found in other UC Berkeley Library collections—with the exception of material owned by Graduate Services Library, The Bancroft Library, and other library rare book collections—can also be put on reserve in Music, as can personal copies of items and duplicated materials.  Instructors are strongly encouraged to select no more than 25 titles per undergraduate course. Unusually long reserve lists are rarely used by students, inadvertently limit access to those materials by other researchers, and delay processing time for other course reserve items.

There are two ways to submit/request items for course reserves:

Please do not bring materials checked out to you from other libraries to music reserves processing. Items from other Berkeley library collections should be returned to the owning library and citation(s) provided to the reserves processor, via one of the two methods below:

  1. Use the online course reserves form (select the Music Library radio button).
  2. Complete a course reserves request application in-person and/or bring materials directly to reserves processing. Items from Music Library stacks can be placed on course reserve by filling out a reserves form, available at the Circulation Desk, indicating instructor name and course number.

If you have any questions about placing materials on course reserve in the Music Library, please contact Angela Arnold, Music Library Reserves.

Permanent Reserves

Certain Music Library materials under heavy demand are placed in the Permanent Reserve Collection, where they circulate for shorter periods of time. These materials are identified in OskiCat and can be retrieved at the Circulation Desk by requesting the item by call number.

  • The loan period for items on Permanent Reserve is two hours
  • Items are restricted to building use only