Frequently Asked Questions

General answers

How can I check out a book?

Bring the books to the circulation desk and we can check them out for you! If you can't find what you're looking for, let us know so we can help!

How can I check out course reserve material?

Currently, course reserve material is available only through UC BEARS. Please see your course instructor for the link to material.

How long can I check out a book for?

Undergraduate and UC Berkeley Staff can check out most monographs for 1 month and serials for 1 week. Graduate students can check out most monographs for 3 months and serials for 1 week. Please see Checkout limits and loan periods for more details. 

How do I renew my books?

UC Berkeley students, staff, and faculty will have their items automatically renewed when it's near the due date. You'll receive an email when it has been completed or if the item cannot be renewed anymore due to the maximum renewal limit being reached or your library account being blocked. 

Where can I return books?

Books can be returned at all open libraries and drop boxes, regardless of where the books were checked out.

What if I need something the library doesn’t have?

Email us at to look for options. You can also contact Interlibrary Services for additional help.

Are there any places I can get access to a computer or internet?

Most library locations have a computer students can access. In addition, UCB graduate, professional or undergraduates can apply for a laptop or hotspot through the Student Technology Equity Program (STEP), at no cost.  

Are there any study areas that I can use?

In addition to studying at ITSL, nearly all libraries are open again. Find all library hours here.