Navigating the library system at CAL can be a little initimidating. As student, faculty, or staff at the Institute of Governmental Studies, you have access to all the rich resources of both the IGS Library and the UC Berkeley library system as a whole. It can be a complicated task to find and use the resource that would best help you. We're here to help.
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Some good first steps...
1. Get your CAL1 Card. UC Berkeley registered students, faculty, instructors, lecturers and staff use the Cal 1 Card as alibrary card for borrowing materials and for access to the Gardner (MAIN) Stacks and other libraries on campus.
2. Set up remote access from your laptop or home computer. Test it out to make sure you can get into the system.
3. Familiarize yourself with electronic resources.
In order to remotely access UC Berkeley library databases and electronic journals, you must first configure your computer to the Library Proxy Server.
You do not need the proxy server if you connect to the Internet through the UC Berkeley network in a campus building, residence hall, or via AirBears2.
How do I get wireless access for my laptop, mobile, or PDA?
AirBears2 wireless access is available at IGSL as well as in many campus libraries. UC Berkeley students, faculty, and staff with a CalNet ID are eligible to use this free service. Wireless cards and the necessary software are available for one-day checkout at the Moffitt Library Circulation Desk and the Public Health Library. The Library does not provide CalNet IDs or AirBears2 guest accounts for visitors. Visiting scholars and campus affiliates may request these from their sponsoring department. Learn more about Computers in the Libraries.
Your Cal 1 Card serves as your library card for borrowing materials and for access to both IGS Library materials and Gardner (MAIN) Stacks, Moffitt, the Media Resources Center and other areas requiring a Cal ID.
Once you have been issued a CAL ID, you should automatically be set up for library access including checking out materials. If you have any problems, contact the Privileges Desk at the Doe Library.