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BAKER Retrieval and Document Delivery

Feb 24 - Mar 2
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BAKER Service remains suspended for the Fall 2021 semester. Please use UC Library Search to make requests for material (both locally-available and ILL) to be picked up from any library on campus. Further requesting information can be found on the Interlibrary Borrowing Service webpage. 


What BAKER Offers

  • BAKER allows you to request materials in the UC Berkeley library collection from your home or office using UC Library Search.
  • Items will be checked out or scanned and delivered either to your department or by email.
  • If necessary, BAKER will place hold, recall, and NRLF (storage) requests on your behalf.
  • If the material is not in the UC Berkeley library collection (and if you have pre-authorized BAKER to do so), your request will be automatically referred to the Interlibrary Borrowing Services. Your book requests will be delivered to your department office as usual.


BAKER is a fee-based retrieval and document delivery service available to:

  • UCB faculty
  • UCB staff
  • UCB graduate students
  • UC Office of the President staff with current UCB library cards (scans only)

BAKER also serves the following groups by special agreement:

Create an Account

You can establish a deposit account from which your BAKER charges will be deducted. For more information see BAKER Fees & Payment Information.

Submitting Requests

Further information regarding submitting BAKER Requests in UC Library Search is forthcoming. 

LBNL Requests

Eligible LBNL users can place requests for both locally-held and ILL material directly through UC Library Search through the same pathways as UC Berkeley users. 

Borrower Responsibility

Once material obtained via BAKER is checked out and delivered to you, it is your responsibility to return books by the due date to the library.

  • View current due dates in your UC Library Search account.
  • Overdue, recall, and billing notices will be sent to you directly.
  • In accordance with Library circulation policy, you are responsible for the safe handling and return of materials and for any fines or replacement bills.

Additional Services for Obtaining UC Berkeley Materials

Please note there are additional ways to access the UC Berkeley library collection aside from the BAKER Service. See Online Paging for information on picking up material at library circulation desks.

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