EAL: Services

Borrowing and Renewing


All UC Berkeley faculty, staff, and students have borrowing privileges using their UC Berkeley picture ID. The IDs of enrolled students are automatically activated in the Library system. Faculty and staff may need to visit the Main Library's Privileges Desk before checking out EAL materials. Stanford graduate students and faculty have also recently been added to the UC Berkeley Library circulation system.

Faculty, staff and students from other UC campuses can obtain a UC Berkeley library card by presenting a current employee ID card or student ID at the Privileges Desk .

Loan periods

  Faculty, Library staff (UCB, Stanford, GTU) Graduate students, visiting scholars, Postdocs (UCB, Stanford, GTU) Undergraduate students, non-library staff Non UC borrowers (Alumni, CSU students, CA residents, etc.)
Books One year
(Item limit: 300
Renewal limit: 3)
Three months
(Item limit: 200
Renewal limit: 11)
One month
(Item limit: 100
Renewal limit: 11)
One month
(Item limit: 20
Renewal limit: 11)
Bound periodicals One week One week One week One week
Microforms One month One month One month One month
Media materials One day
(Item limit: 2)
One day
(Item limit: 2)
One day
(Item limit: 2)
One day
(Item limit: 2)
Reserves Two hours or one day Two hours or one day Two hours or one day Two hours or one day

Note that items shelved in the Reading Room, Rare Book Room, and Special Collections, and other limited-use materials are non-circulating and cannot be checked out.


Library cardholders may renew their own items through OskiCat. All items may be renewed online except for reserve materials and items on which you owe fines.

How to renew:

  1. Go to OskiCat (link opens new window).
  2. Click the My OskiCat link in the top right corner of OskiCat screen.
  3. Log in using your name, UCB ID number or Library card number, and your library PIN.
  4. Select the items you wish to renew by checking the boxes in the RENEW column.
  5. Click the Renew Selected button.
    • If you wish to renew all your items at once, click the Renew ALL button.
  6. If your items are renewed successfully, a new due date will appear in the STATUS column. If you cannot renew items, an error message will appear on the screen. Always check the STATUS column for information on the success or failure of your renewal.

In person

You may renew material in person at the circulation desk of the lending library. You must bring the material and your library card with you in order to renew them.


You may not renew:

  • any item that was not originally checked out on the OskiCat system
  • items which are overdue to the point that they have blocked your borrowing privileges
    • bring in the book, it can no longer be renewed
  • items that have been recalled by another patron
  • items that have been billed for replacement
    • bring in the book, it can no longer be renewed, credits may apply
  • items with a 2-hour or same-day circulation period
  • some items with a 1-day circulation period

Return materials

Return materials to the circulation desk during library hours. After hours, return books to a library book drop. Refer to the lending library for information on returning non-book materials. Return interlibrary loan materials to 133 Doe.

If you return books in person, return receipts may be requested from a circulation desk for returned material. Materials damaged or incomplete should be brought immediately to the owning library circulation desk to discuss repair or replacement options that may be available. The Library does not keep a record or receipts issued.

If you have further questions about library privileges and accounts, email the Privileges Desk.

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Last updated 08/23/12
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