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.

Course reserves

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For students

  • Find course reserves in OskiCat - Bring the full call number to the reserves desk at the appropriate Library to check out a reserve item.
  • Moffitt Library is where most print materials for undergraduates are put on reserve.
  • eReserves - Some of your course materials may be available via your course site.
    • bCourses - Login to your course in bCourses and select the Files link along the left side bar to access uploaded course materials. Other readings may be included as links in your bCourses syllabus.

For Faculty/GSIs

Using course reserves

  • Course reserves can be checked out from circulation desks at campus libraries.
  • Most reserves have a 2 hour loan; some reserves are 1 day or 1 week.
  • Only Moffitt Library allows holds and renewals for reserves. All other libraries will allow borrowers to check out an item again in 15 minutes if no one else requests it in that time; if there are multiple copies the borrower may check it out again immediately without waiting.
  • Borrowers may check out any number of course reserve items at a time but are encouraged to be judicious in respect for other students who need reserves also.
  • All reserves checked out from campus libraries must be returned to that circulation desk by the time they are due.
  • Take care to note when items are due. Borrowers are charged late fees for overdue items, since late returns deprive other students from access to the required materials. These fines cannot be waived or appealed. At the maximum fine, the borrower’s account is blocked and the borrower must pay the full bill to be cleared.  
  • For borrowers who observe the loan periods and return procedures, course reserves is a free service.