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Information for Faculty and Instructors

Your Cal 1 Card serves as your library card for borrowing materials and for access to the Gardner (Main) Stacks, Moffitt, and the Media Resources Center. You can also use your Cal 1 Card to pay for printing in the libraries.

Research support

Contact your library liaison - Specific librarians are designated to support each academic department and program, and serve as the first point of contact for all research and teaching related inquiries.

Designate a proxy user - Faculty may authorize a currently-enrolled UC Berkeley student or staff member as a proxy to check out library materials in their name. New proxy cards are generally available within one business day; renewal of a pre-existing proxy card may be done the same day with a completed application for the current term and presentation of the previous term's proxy card in person.

Teaching support

Course reserves - Instructors may place print course materials that are expected to be in high demand or that require special security in a library's reserve section.

eReadings - Get help locating and setting up electronic reserves for your course bSpace site.

Instruction Services - The Library offers instruction on library research for undergraduates and graduate students, tailored to courses, assignments and students' research topics, both in-person and online.

Designing Effective Library Assignments - Suggestions and example assignments to help teach students to navigate the academic research process.

Library Prize for Undergraduate Research - Faculty in all disciplines should encourage undergraduate students to apply for the Library Prize, which recognizes students' sophistication, originality and/or unusual depth or breadth in the use of library collections in the creation of a course project.

Data services

Scientific Data Services - A variety of tools and resources to help faculty manage and share their data.

Library Data Lab - The Lab provides access to data files and analytical software. Lab staff are available for consultations regarding software, data resources and data acquisitions.

Scholarly communication and copyright

eScholarship - This is the California Digital Library’s open access scholarly publishing platform, providing digital publishing services to the University of California that enable departments, research units, publishing programs, and individual scholars to have direct control over the creation and dissemination of the full range of their scholarship.

Scholarly Communication at Berkeley - Learn more about how the crisis in scholarly communication affects you, what you can do to support changes in the current system and how to take advantage of new technologies.

Berkeley Research Impact Initiative - Financial support for faculty members, post-docs, and graduate students who want to make their journal articles free to all readers immediately upon publication.

UC Copyright Education - A wide range of materials related to the use of copyrighted and public domain materials at the University of California.


Borrowing - Basic information regarding your library card, checking out and renewing materials.

Interlibrary services - The Interlibrary Borrowing Service (IBS) assists faculty to obtain materials that are not available at UC Berkeley. In addition to the core interlibrary loan services, faculty have borrowing privileges from Stanford and UT Austin via RLCP, as well as access to Baker, a fee based document delivery service.

Off-campus access to electronic resources - Access online resources from home using either the Proxy Server or VPN with your CalNet ID.

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