UC Berkeley Library

You can still access the UC Berkeley Library’s services and resources during the closure. Here’s how.

Using the Library during COVID-19

During the pandemic, many of our services are being offered in new ways. To find the latest information on course reserves, book returns, 24/7 online help, and more, visit our COVID-19 portal, which provides more up-to-date information than the text below.

Placing Social Research Library Material on Course Reserve

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Print reserves

Submit your course reserves requests to the library as early as possible to allow adequate time for processing, and be aware that some materials may need to be recalled from patrons before they can be placed on reserve.

There are three options for placing items on reserve:

  1. Use the online Course Reserves Request Form. Select Social Research Library in the list of libraries.
  2. Email your course reserve list to Craig Alderson. Include your contact information, the course number, and each item's OskiCat direct link or citation and call number (check OskiCat), and desired loan period (see below).
  3. Fill out a paper form at the Circulation Desk.

NOTE: If no loan period is specified by the faculty member, the loan period will default to 2-Hours/Overnight. If the same item is on reserve for two classes, a narrower loan period may apply.

Reserve limit: 20 items per course.

Suggested readings: Please restrict reserve requests to required readings only.

Number of copies: We recommend 1 copy of each reserve item per 25 students in the class. If the same item is on reserve for two classes, a narrower loan period than requested may apply.

Additional requests: Additional requests will be treated as new requests. They should meet the guidelines outlined above and will be processed in order of receipt.

Electronic Course Reserves

Faculty interested in electronic course reserves may use bCourses, the UC Berkeley collaborative learning environment supported by Educational Technology Services. Visit their website to learn more about using bCourses.

Personal Copies and Photocopies

The Library will place personal copies of books and photocopied articles on reserve. Due to copyright restrictions and staffing shortages, the Library cannot make photocopies for you. Photocopied items must be bound (not simply stapled; a three-ring binder is acceptable) and ready for circulation. Unless these items are gifts to the Library, they will be returned at the close of each semester.

We call your attention to the following Library policy governing the making of photocopies:

The copyright law of the U.S. governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copy-righted material. In accepting photocopies for reserves, the Library assumes that the copy or copies have been made in compliance with the University of California Policy and Guidelines on the Reproduction of Copyrighted Materials for Teaching and Research (April 1986.)

Please see the University of California Copyright web site, particularly "What can I use," to ensure that you are in compliance with the fair use provisions of copyright law.