UC Berkeley Library

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Using the Library during COVID-19

Most of UC Berkeley’s library buildings are open. To stay up to date on the Library’s policies and services during the pandemic, visit the Library’s COVID-19 webpage.


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UC Berkeley students, staff, and faculty will have their items automatically renewed (limited to monographs without holds). Users will receive an email when the item has been automatically renewed, and also when the item cannot be automatically renewed due to maximum renewal limit reached or library account blocked.

Renew online

Log in to your Library account and either choose the Renew All button or select the items you’d like to renew and choose Renew Selected. The Status column will reflect the new due date or the reason the item was not renewed.

Renew in-person

Bring the material along with your Cal 1 card or library card to the circulation desk of the lending library.

Renew by phone

Consult the renewals phone number list. Some library materials, including Main (Gardner) Stacks and Moffitt Library, cannot be renewed by telephone.

Renewal limits

  • 6-month loans - 48 months
  • 3-month loans - 33 months
  • 1-month loans - 12 months
  • Once the renewal limit has been reached, you must return the item to the lending library to have it cleared from your library account. For continued use, you may re-check out the item, restarting the renewal cycle.
  • Items may be renewed no sooner than 7 days before the due date.

Renewal exceptions

  • Short-term loan items (including reserves) cannot be renewed.
  • You cannot renew items that have been blocked, billed for replacement, or recalled by another patron.
  • Library items will not be renewed past the expiration date of your library card.