Library Buildings on the Cal Campus
The UC Berkeley libraries have a huge variety of resources, both physical and electronic. A few things you should know:
- There are more than 20 libraries on the Cal campus, containing more than 10 million books (including the books in offsite storage). All of the Cal libraries have different hours, which change depending on the academic calendar (summer hours are shorter).
- List of all libraries and special collections on the Cal campus
- Hours for all the libraries
- Map of all the libraries
- The Bioscience Library in VLSB (Valley Life Sciences Building) is a useful resource for NIH Bridges students; they have plenty of study space, recent editions of biology, biochemistry, and organic chemistry textbooks available for 2-hour loan (ask at the circulation desk), and specialist librarians to help you with searching PubMed and other biomedical literature databases. Their summer hours are 9-5, Monday-Friday. You don't need a Berkeley ID to access the Bioscience Library.
- Doe Library is considered the "main" library (the largest library on campus). Through Doe Library and Moffitt Library, you can access the Gardner Stacks, which is an underground library facility containing more than 3 million books, mostly in the humanities and social sciences. The Gardner Stacks has more than 400 seats for quiet study, and is open later than the other libraries on campus; you can view their June 2013 hours here. You must have a Berkeley ID or a stack pass to access the Gardner Stacks; you must have a Berkeley ID to enter Moffitt Library.
- All the books in all the libraries on campus can be found with one tool: OskiCat, the UC Berkeley library catalog. Some books are stored off-campus (these will give their location as "NRLF"). Always be sure to write down the location as well as the call number for a book you want to locate in the UC Berkeley Libraries. See the "Textbooks" tab of this guide for more help with using OskiCat.
Electronic Library Resources on the Cal Campus
In addition to the physical collections of the UC Berkeley Libraries, the Library also has access to over 10,000 electronic journals ("e-journals") and thousands of electronic books. Most of the e-journals that we subscribe to are in scientific fields. For many journals, we have access to the most recent issues electronically, but you will have to go to the library shelves to find older issues; for other journals, we have electronic access all the way back to the first issue. (Our electronic access to Science goes back to 1880, for example).
- List of all e-journal titles available at UC Berkeley
- Article databases by subject (go here to search for articles on your topic)
- Article databases focusing on biology
- Electronic books in medicine
- Electronic books in molecular and cell biology
- More electronic books in the sciences
- UC Berkeley main library website
Because the Library pays publishers and vendors for access to these electronic resources, you will need to authenticate as a Berkeley user in order to use them. When you're on-campus, you're automatically authenticated; you can access any of these resources from any computer on campus (including a laptop connected to AirBears, our wireless network). When you're off-campus, you'll need a current CalNet ID in order to access these resources, and you'll need to set up off-campus access.
Printing and Scanning in the Libraries
All libraries on campus are equipped with "bookscan stations," which allow you to:
- scan documents and save them to a USB drive, or
- scan documents and then send them to a printer. You cannot email a scanned document from a bookscan station.
Scanning to a USB drive is free. Moffitt Copy Center sells flash drives.
Scanning documents to print is 8 cents a page (color printing: 60 cents a page).
In order to send documents to the printer from any of the public computers in the libraries, you must have the following:
- A document that's on the Web or attached to your email (the public computers in the libraries will not open files from a USB or other drive)
- A Cal 1 Card, with money loaded onto the debit account (go here to make a deposit to your Cal 1 Card account).
This is not the same as meal plan points! Your Cal 1 Card debit account is a separate fund on your card.
Have more questions? There's more info here.
Beyond the Web
"It's all free on the Internet, right? Why should I go through the library's website to find sources for my paper?"
The Web is a great source for free, publicly available information. However, the Library pays for thousands of electronic books, journals, and other information resources that are available only to the campus community. Through the Library website, you can access hundreds of different licensed databases containing journal articles, electronic books, maps, images, government and legal information, current and historical newspapers, digitized primary sources, and more.
You access these resources through the Internet, using a browser like Firefox, Chrome or Internet Explorer -- but these databases are not part of the free, public Web. Resources like Lexis-Nexis, Web of Science, Academic Search Complete, and ARTstor are "invisible" to Google. You will not see results from most library databases in the results of a Google search.