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.

Request/Borrow from NRLF

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UC Berkeley Library Cardholders

  • Submit online requests via the Request button in OskiCat to borrow material shelved at NRLF.
  • Instructions for how to use Request.
  • To receive electronic copies of book chapters, journal articles or conference papers, submit an online request via the Request an electronic copy from NRLF link that appears in eligible titles in OskiCat.
  • Circulation staff at public service desks of any campus library can assist you with further questions.

Berkeley Faculty, Staff, and Students

Send requests through the University of California's Melvyl Request service, or through any Berkeley library, following locally established procedures.

Berkeley Library Staff

Berkeley library staff may request articles, books and journals via these forms:

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 two or six months, depending on the borrowing privileges of the library user. All books are renewable through UC Berkeley's OskiCat library catalog, or by mail or telephone.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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

Electronic transmission via Article Exchange in OCLC WorldShare ILL.

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