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.

Request/Borrow from NRLF

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UC Berkeley Library Cardholders, Faculty, Staff, and Students

  • To borrow material shelved at NRLF, submit an online request by selecting Request in the Get It section of your selected title in UC Library Search.
  • To receive electronic copies of book chapters, journal articles, or conference papers, submit an online request by selecting Request NRLF Article/Chapter Scan in the Get It section of your selected title in UC Library Search.
  • Circulation staff at any campus library's public service desk can assist you with further questions.

Members of the Public

If you are not affiliated with the University of California, please request material through a public, corporate, or other library.

Loan Periods

Most materials are checked out for 90 or 180 days, depending on the borrowing privileges of the library user. Items are renewable via UC Library Search, telephone, or e-mail.

Borrowing Restrictions

Items with a Restricted Use circulation status can not be viewed at the NRLF.

You must request Restricted Use items at the owning library.

Items with Use @ Lib Only circulation status may be viewed at any University of California library, but may not be borrowed.

Libraries and Institutions not affiliated with the University of California (Berkeley)

  • The NRLF provides access to the holdings of its depositing libraries through interlibrary loan of original material for loan and photoduplication requests received via OCLC WorldShare ILL or ILLiad (OCLC symbol ZAP), to libraries within the U.S. only.
  • Regular and rush service is available. 
  • We accept payment via IFM only.

Material Available for LOAN (3 weeks; Non-Renewable)

  • Books:
    Will not lend double/triple folios, rare books.
  • Dissertations and theses:
    If second copy is available, will lend to California non-public libraries and out of state academic libraries.  Library Use Only, copying not permitted.
  • Newspapers:
    Will lend if on microfilm for Library Use Only.
  • Microform/Other Media:
    Most microfilm available for loan. Microfiche, software, audio/visual material, maps are non-circulating.
  • Government Documents:
    Generally available for loan. Census material and congressional hearings are non-circulating.
  • Our facility will not lend items subject to other circulation restrictions.

Shipping
Material is shipped via FedEx Ground Service. For expedited shipping, provide your FedEx account number (Rush fees may apply). For returns, a traceable method of shipping is preferred.

Fees
We accept payment by OCLC IFM only. Consult the OCLC Policies Directory (OCLC symbol ZAP) for the fee schedule.

Other Information
Loan service outside California suspended for the last two weeks of December.

Photoduplication

Copyright
All reproductions are supplied in compliance with U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S. Code). The Library can neither grant nor refuse permission to use material to which it does not hold copyright. The Library retains all rights to commercial reproduction of material to which it does hold copyright.

Fees
We accept payment by OCLC IFM only. Consult the OCLC Policies Directory (OCLC symbol ZAP) for the fee schedule.

Delivery
Electronic transmission via Article Exchange in OCLC WorldShare ILL.

Dissertations
Doctoral dissertations from September 1962-December 1970, and from December 1975 on, are available from ProQuest.

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