To find books, DVDs, maps, sound recordings, manuscripts, and much more - everything except articles - use a library catalog.
OskiCat = most UC Berkeley libraries
MELVYL = all UC campus libraries, including all UC Berkeley libraries
What's the difference? more details here
For each item make sure you know the name of the physical library, call number, and whether or not it's checked out, library use only, etc.
Call numbers are on the spine of the book; learn how to read them so you can find what you need on the shelves.
A large part of the library's collection is stored in a secure building called the Northern Regional Library Facility (NRLF). Affiliated patrons may request physical copies or electronic scans of materials that are stored in this off-site location.
To request a physical copy of an item kept in the NRLF, press the button on the screen after the initial search in the OskiCat web catalog (see picture below). The screen after will ask you to enter account information using either your Library/Cal 1 Card number or CalNet logins.
After logging in to your library account, you have the option to designate a volume number (if applicable) and a cancel date.
To request an electronic copies or scans of eligible library materials stored in the NRLF, you must click on the title itself and exit the search results screen. Once on the item information screen, press the Request an electronic copy from NRLF button as shown in the image below, and login to your account.
Below is an image of the screen after your credentials have been entered. Here you can specify the exact volumes, chapters, and pages of the library item needed.
Google Books contains millions of scanned books, from libraries and publishers worldwide. You can search the entire text of the books, view previews or "snippets" from books that are still in copyright, and read the full text of out-of-copyright (pre-1923) books. Want to read the entire text of an in-copyright book? Use Google Books' Find in a Library link to locate the book in a UC Berkeley library, or search OskiCat to see if UC Berkeley owns the book.
Why use Google Books?
Library catalogs (like OskiCat) don't search inside books; using a library catalog, you can search only information about the book (title, author, Library of Congress subject headings, etc.). Google Books will let you search inside books, which can be very useful for hard-to-find information. Try it now: