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You can still access the UC Berkeley Library’s services and resources during the closure. Here’s how.

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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.

Finding UCB Library Books during the Shutdown

  • Search OskiCat;  pull down the "entire collection" menu to "available online" to find e-books.
    • If the book is listed in  OskiCat but only in print form, click on the Hathi Trust button to redo the search in Hathi Trust (see below)undefined
  • Search Hathi Trust for books available through Temporary Emergency Access Services (about) (how to).

 Log in, then select UC Berkeley from the list of institutions.  Look for items with "full text" or "temporary access".  You may check out the item for one hour (renewable if you are actively. using it).  UPDATE:  downloading is no longer allowed.  See the "how to" for more information.

  • In the OskiCat record, click on the MELVYL icon to redo the search in MELVYL (catalog for all 10 UC campuses).  Click on the Request button - the InterLibrary Loan office will try to obtain scans of some chapters for you.

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  • or you can request an article or book chapter through Interlibrary Borrowing.
  • See the Library's guide to ebooks  - most ebooks are listed in OskiCat but the newest ones may not be.  Search each ebook provider separately to look for the latest titles.
  • If you need a book we do not already own (either as a print book or as an ebook) fill out the purchase recommendation form.
  • If you think a public library might own the book, check your local public library's ebook collection.

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Find Dissertations

Find Dissertations by searching Dissertations and Theses (Dissertation Abstracts) Full Text, which indexes graduate dissertations from over 1,000 North American, and selected European, graduate schools and universities from 1861 to the present. Dissertations published since 1980 include brief abstracts written by the authors and some feature 24-page excerpts. The database offers full text for most of the dissertations added since 1997 and some full text coverage for older graduate works.

Also see Find Dissertations and Theses for other specialized sources. Dissertations completed at UC Berkeley can be found in OskiCat, using the feature allowing you to limit to dissertations/theses:

Dissertations/Theses in Oskicat

Older dissertations not available full text may be obtained through Interlibrary Loan or using the "Request" option in Melvyl.