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

History 103F China: Capitalist Present and Socialist Past: Locating Books



During extended Library closures (such as the COVID-19 lockdown), we may be able to offer access to scans of books in our print collection through HathiTrust’s Emergency Temporary Access Service. You can view scans of books online in a web browser. The service is open only to current UC Berkeley faculty, students, and staff.

Reading a book on HathiTrust

  1. Go to the HathiTrust website:
  2. Click Log In.
  3. From the "Choose your partner institution" drop-down menu, search "Berkeley."
  4. Choose "University of California, Berkeley" and click Continue.
  5. You will see a CalNet ID login page. Enter your credentials.
  6. You will see a Data Privacy agreement. Choose your preference and click Accept.
  7. You will be returned to the HathiTrust homepage. 
  8. Enter your search terms and click Search HathiTrust.
  9. Under the book you desire to view, click "Temporary Access."
  10. Click "Check Out."
  11. You will now have access to the scanned book for one hour, after which it will renew automatically, provided you are active and other patrons are not waiting.

Reading for a Class?

If you're "sharing" a book with other students in your class, close out the tab after you finish reading so other students can access the book.

Find books on a topic

Search Oskicat for books at UC Berkeley 

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Search Melvyl for books at other UC campuses

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Oski Xpress - Contactless Pickup of Books from Main Stacks and Morrison

Oski Xpress is available to all borrowers who have current Cal 1 Cards or UC Berkeley Library cards.  

     How to use the Oski Xpress pickup service.

Questions or issues?

Check the Library website for more details; check out our Access and Privileges FAQs or contact us

Internet Archive

Internet Archive LogoInternet Archive

A non-profit, public digital library founded in 1996. Their stated mission is to provide "universal access to all knowledge." In addition to its archiving function, the Archive is an activist organization, advocating for a free and open Internet.

Currently, the Archive provides free, public access to:

  • 410 billion web pages (accessible via the Wayback Machine)
  • 20 million books and texts
  • 4.5 million audio recordings (including 180,000 live concerts)
  • 4 million videos (including 1.6 million Television News programs)
  • 3 million images
  • 200,000 software programs (including historic computer applications, vintage console & arcade games, and more)