If Berkeley does not own a publication, you can borrow it from an external library by requesting an interlibrary loan. This is a free service to Berkeley faculty, staff, and students. The average wait for an ILL request is one week but items borrowed from out-of-state take longer to arrive.
To make an interlibrary loan request for a book, use the Request button in Melvyl, which searches many libraries worldwide. A copy will be delivered to the campus library of your choice for pick up.
Journal Articles & Conference Papers
For journal articles and conference papers, it is best to make an order through the Interlibrary Borrowing Service request form. We will email you a PDF copy of the paper.
We offer two ways to access UCB licensed library resources from off-campus:
When accessing a library licensed resource via links found on OskiCat, Start your Search, or our Databases A-Z list, you will be prompted to authenticate via CalNet or via your PIN / Cal 1 card number. If you normally search via non-licensed UCB resources (such as Google Scholar), you may need to install our bookmarklet in order to authenticate.
Note: EZProxy will replace the library's previous proxy solution. More information on EZProxy can be found on our EZProxy guide.