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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.

BAKER Retrieval and Document Delivery

Feb 24 - Mar 2
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What BAKER Offers

  • BAKER allows you to request materials in the UC Berkeley library collection from your home or office using OskiCat and Melvyl.
  • 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


  1. Log in to MyOskiCat (You will need your CalNet login information or your Cal ID/Library Card number and OskiCat PIN).
  2. Find the item you want and select the “BAKER” button (which will appear only if you are logged into OskiCat).
  3. Provide as much information as you can using the fields available for the book or article you are requesting.
  4. Use the “Notes” field to provide any special or additional instructions.


  1. Find the publication record (e.g. monographs, journals) for the title you would like to loan or would like a scan to be made from.
  2. Select the “Request” button and provide as much information as you can using the available fields.
  3. Enter your Cal ID/Library Card number.
  4. Fill in your Academic Department (for statistical purposes only).
  5. Select “Baker Document Delivery Service” on the dropdown menu corresponding to the “Deliver My Request To” field. If you pick any other location your request will not be filled properly.
  6. Use the “Notes” field to provide any special or additional instructions.
  7. After reading the Copyright Terms, click the “Request It!” Button.

LBNL Requests

BAKER accepts requests from LBNL patrons in two ways: using the “BAKER” button in OskiCat and the “Request” button in Melvyl or WorldCat. See Submitting Requests (above).

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 MyOskiCat 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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