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How do I submit a request through Interlibrary Borrowing?
See the detailed instructions on the Interlibrary Borrowing page: http://lib.berkeley.edu/ibs
 

Who is eligible to request material through Interlibrary Borrowing?
Please see the Interlibrary Borrowing website for details on eligibility: http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/using-the-libraries/ibs-more-services
 

I do not have Interlibrary Borrowing privileges. How can I get the material I need?
Contact your local public library to inquire about their interlibrary services.
 

What material is eligible to request through Interlibrary Borrowing?
Material that is not available through the UC Berkeley Library, including books, theses, maps, articles, videos, etc. Items considered not available and therefore eligible to be requested through Interlibrary Borrowing:

  • not owned by UC Berkeley
  • checked out
  • in process
  • at the bindery
  • on order
  • missing
     

Can I request my textbooks via Interlibrary Borrowing?
The Library does not borrow textbooks through Interlibrary Borrowing. Along with textbooks, we cannot borrow test prep (e.g. GMAT, MCAT, GRE, LSAT) and "[Subject] for Dummies" books.
 

Can I request items from outside the UCs?
Yes, we borrow from outside the UC system. We can obtain articles from institutions across the world. We borrow books for undergraduates within the U.S. and Canada. Additionally, we can often get books for faculty and graduate students from institutions worldwide.
 

Is there a charge for requesting material through Interlibrary Borrowing?
There is no charge to request material through Interlibrary Borrowing for eligible members of the UC Berkeley community, however, you are responsible for late fines and/or replacement fees, if necessary.
 

Do you have Document Delivery on Campus?
Document delivery is available to faculty and graduate students for a fee by the BAKER document retrieval and delivery service.
 

Can I request material from Stanford?
The Research Library Cooperative Program (RLCP) affords both on-site and interlibrary borrowing privileges between Stanford University and UC Berkeley for eligible UCB faculty, academic staff, and currently registered graduate students. Please go the RLCP website for detailed information and instructions.
 

Can I go to Stanford and check out a book in person?
The Research Library Cooperative Program (RLCP) affords on-site access and borrowing privileges at the libraries of Stanford University, UC Berkeley, and UT Austin for eligible UC Berkeley faculty, academic staff, and currently registered graduate students. View Stanford’s on-site access and borrowing page for detailed information.
 

Can I request something for my professor using my own ID?
No, this is strongly discouraged. Faculty members can designate you as a proxy borrower to their library account. Please direct them to the Information for Faculty and Instructors.
 

I’m a DSP student. How can I request a machine-readable scan of an article?
Detailed information and instructions can be found on the Procedures for Requesting Scanning of Library Print Materials Page.
 

When will my request arrive?
Lender availability and processing time can impact the delivery timeframe for all types of requests.

  • Scans (articles, chapters, etc.) will typically arrive within a few days to your email on file.

  • Loans (books, scores, maps, theses, etc.) available from another UC campus will typically arrive within three to five working days. We cannot guarantee any arrival date. Loans obtained from outside of the UC system will take longer due to shipping times.
     

How can I check the status of my request?
My ILL can be used to view the status of pending requests (waiting for a lender to respond, shipped, etc.), to request renewals, and to cancel pending requests. However, check your My OskiCat account to view the due dates for checked out items.
 

Can I renew material borrowed through Interlibrary Borrowing?
The lending library sets the loan period for loans and the initial loan period given at check out is usually the most time allowed, however, many items obtained from another UC campus can be renewed. Material is not eligible for renewal if it has “non-renewable” stamped on the white Interlibrary Borrowing band around the item.
 

How do I request a renewal for material borrowed through Interlibrary Borrowing?
Material that has “non-renewable” stamped on the white Interlibrary Borrowing band around the item is not eligible for renewal. For all other material, you can request a renewal from your My ILL account. Log in to your My ILL account and check the “Show everything” box. Click on the “Renew” link next to the item to initiate the renewal request, complete all necessary fields, and submit. You will be notified via email whether or not the loan period can be extended.
 

Where do I find the due date for material borrowed through Interlibrary Borrowing?
Check your My OskiCat account to view due dates for checked out items. If the material is restricted to Library Use Only, the due date will be listed in the email notice you received.
 

Is there a check-out limit for Interlibrary Borrowing items?
Items borrowed through Interlibrary Borrowing count toward your total check-out limits set by the Library. For more information on check-out limits, see the Library's page on borrowing: http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/using-the-libraries/borrow
 

How can I access the Library Use Only item that is being held for me at the Newspaper/Microforms Library?
Microforms and other materials designated as Library Use Only will be available at the Newspaper and Microforms Library. Bring a government-issued photo ID to the circulation desk and let the staff know that you would like to use the interlibrary loan item that is held for you. Check the library's webpage for their open hours. Please refer to the email notification you received for more detailed instructions.
 

How can I access the Library Use Only item that is being held for me at the Bancroft Library?
Materials that are part of a lending library's special collection are held at the Bancroft Library. To use this item, create an account on Aeon. There is no need to request the item on Aeon nor schedule an appointment ahead of time. Go to the library during their open hours and let the staff know that you would like to use the interlibrary loan item that is held for you. Be sure to bring your CalID to the library. Please refer to the email notification you received for more detailed instructions.
 

How can I access the Library Use Only item that is being held for me at the Media Resources Center?
DVDs and VHS designated as Library Use Only will be available at the Media Resources Center. Bring a government-issued photo ID to the circulation desk and let the staff know that you would like to use the interlibrary loan item that is held for you. Please refer to the email notification you received for more detailed instructions.
 

How can I access the Library Use Only item that is being held for me at the Morrison Library?
If you have requested an LP/record and you do not own a record player, the material will be available for you to use at the Morrison Library. Bring a government-issued photo ID to the circulation desk and let the staff know that you would like to use the interlibrary loan item that is held for you. Check the library's webpage for their open hours. Please refer to the email notification you received for more detailed instructions.
 

Where can I return Interlibrary Borrowing material?
You may return Interlibrary Borrowing material to any circulation desk on campus (Anthropology, Art History, Bioscience, Business, Chemistry, Earth Science, East Asian, Engineering, Environmental Design, Ethnic Studies, Institute of Governmental Studies, Institute of Transportation Studies, Interlibrary Services, Main (Gardner) Stacks, Mathematics, Moffitt, Music, NRLF, Optometry, Physics, Social Research).
 

What should I do if I lose or damage an Interlibrary Borrowing book?
Please notify Interlibrary Borrowing Services immediately at cuy@library.berkeley.edu or in person at 133 Doe Library.

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