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Bioscience, Natural Resources & Public Health Library: Reference FAQ: Borrowing


Marian Koshland Bioscience, Natural Resources & Public Health Library

2101 Valley Life Sciences Building # 6500
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-6500
Circulation: (510) 642-2531
Reference: (510) 642-0456

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Borrowing, Renewing, Holds

Borrowing Policies

Using resources in the library: UC Berkeley students, faculty, and staff, and members of the public, are welcome to visit the Bioscience and Natural Resources Library and use both print and electronic library resources within the library.

Borrowing items: Circulating items at the Bioscience and Natural Resources Library may be checked out using a UC Berkeley photo ID card or a current library card.

Obtaining a UC Berkeley Library card: Please see the Borrowing page of the main UC Berkeley Library website.

Loan periods for circulating items vary depending on the type of material and the borrower:

Material  Loan Periods
Books (print & CD) UC  Faculty & Staff: 6 months, 7 renewals
  UC Graduate Students: 3 months, 11 renewals
  UCUndergraduates, Non-Academic Staff, Alumni & others: 1 month, 11 renewals
Cookbooks 7 days
Journals  Current issues: Non-circulating
  UnBound: 2 hours
  Bound volumes: 7 days, 11 renewals
  CD: 7 days
Reserves 2 hours (overnight OK - includes most textbooks); some 1 day, some 7 days
  1 day, 7 days
DVDs 7 days
Microfilm 7 days | UC Borrowers: 1 day  / All others: library use Only
Microfiche  Library use only
Reference  Library use only
Maps 1 week or library use only
Locked Case Library use only

Locked case items cannot be checked out but may be used within the library. Locked case items must be requested at the Circulation Desk, and may only be used when the Reference Desk is staffed.

Returns: Borrowers are responsible for either returning items by the due date, or renewing books before the due date has elapsed. Books may be returned to the slot on the right hand of the circulation desk during the library's open hours.

After hours book return: is located on the south side of VLSB near the first floor handicapped-accessible building entrance. Books returned to the after-hours book drop will not be checked back into our system until the following day.

Universal return: Patrons can return checked-out books to any book return on campus.
Universal return:
—does not apply to course reserves, which must be returned to the lending library;
—does not apply to interlibrary loan materials, which must be returned to the Interlibrary Borrowing Service (IBS), 133 Doe Library. An after-hours IBS book return is available outside Room 133.

Please note that books returned to libraries other than the lending library will remain checked out to the patron until they are delivered to and processed by the lending library, which may take several days.

Renewals: Books may be renewed using our online catalog, Oskicat. See Renewing Your Books.

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Recalling Checked-Out Items

Items that are checked out may be recalled if there are no other available copies of the item at any UC Berkeley library location. Recalled items receive a new due date of one week from the day the recall was placed, and the patron holding the item will be notified of the recall via email.

To recall an item that's checked out:

  1. Locate the item in Oskicat
  2. Click on the "Request" link
  3. Log in using your name, UC Berkeley ID or library card number, and pin (usually, your 4 digit birth month and day: e.g. March 18 = 0318)
  4. Click "Submit"

When the item is returned, you will receive an email notifying you that the book is ready to be picked up. Ask for the book at the circulation desk.

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Overdue, Lost, or Damaged Items

Library borrowers must return or renew items by their due date. Patrons will receive a courtesy reminder via the email address in their account 3 days before library materials are due. Thereafter, overdue notices will be issued 4 days, 14 days, and 30 days after the due date. Borrowing privileges will be blocked and a bill warning will be generated when the second (14-day) overdue notice has been issued. In addition, fines are accrued for overdue reserve items at a rate of $2.50 per hour for 2-hour reserve items and $10 per day for 1-day and 7-day reserve items.

If an item is damaged or lost, borrowers are liable for charges incurred to repair or replace the item, however a borrower may replace lost or damaged materials with acceptable copies at the discretion of the library unit head. Approval must be attained from the lending library before procuring a replacement. The Library offers advice on how to find replacements for lost library books and serials. Note that replacement copies will not be accepted for Northern Regional Library Facility (NRLF) items.

Bills to replace lost or damaged items are equal to $150 or the value of the book, whichever is greater, as well as a $10 bill processing fee. If an item billed as lost is returned, the cost of the book is waived, but the $10 bill processing fee remains.

Patrons who accrue more than $50 in fines will be blocked from using the library until fines are paid. Fines may be paid online through My OskiCat, or in person at the Doe Library Privileges Desk. UC Berkeley students who have owed the Library $200 or more for at least 30 days will also be blocked campus-wide with the Registrar's Office, making them ineligible to register for classes or obtain transcripts. Blocks are removed only after all outstanding bills and fines have been paid. Unpaid bills are forwarded to a collection agency.

Direct all questions about bills and blocked or revoked privileges to the Privileges Desk on the first floor of Doe Library. Privileges staff may be also be contacted by phone (510-642-3403) or e-mail (privdesk [at]

For more detailed information see Billing, Blocks and Payments.

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Searching for Missing Items

If material cannot be found in the stacks, ask for assistance at the Circulation Desk. After confirming that the item is not on the shelf, checked out, or in our sorting area, circulation staff will conduct a search of the library and will notify you of the results. If the item is located, it will be placed on the holdshelf and you will be notified via email that the book is ready to be picked up.

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