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Most of the IGS collection is in closed stacks in the basement of Moses Hall. To access these materials, fill out a paging slip at the Information Desk, and a library aide will bring them to the reading room. Some material is held at the Northern Regional Library Facility (NRLF) in Richmond, California, and can be requested online via OskiCat. 

Most monographs from the IGS Library collection are circulating. We reserve the right to change the status of circulating monographs to non-circulating upon retrieval from our stacks if, upon inspection, we find that they are too fragile, too old, or too rare. Serial titles and most materials from 1918-1977 are non-circulating. Patrons needing non-circulating material over several days may have it held at the Information Desk. Monographs can be requested online via OskiCat for pickup at IGSL or one of the other campus libraries.

Scanning and printing are available; for more information see Printing and Scanning in the Libraries. To ensure a safe and pleasant research environment for all Library patrons, use of the Reading Room is governed by the Library Code of Conduct.

Records for items cataloged since 1983 can be found in Oskicat and Melvyl. For help deciding which catalog to use, see Guide to Library Catalogs. Most materials acquired by the library prior to 1983 are not accessible via online catalogs. Users wishing to search these materials should ask library staff for assistance. Tools for discovering pre-1983 records include a printed subject catalog (1918-77), a subject card catalog (1978-83), and an author card catalog (1918-83).


Students: Find Reserves For Your Class

  • In Oskicat, click the Course Reserves tab
  • Search by department and course number (e.g., Political Science 1) or instructor's last name (e.g., Citrin)
  • Note the library location and call number to request the item at the circulation desk. (Items listed "in process" are not yet available.)

Instructors: Place Materials on Reserve 

Fall 2020/Spring 2021 -- Please email course reserves requests to ereserves [at] lists.berkeley.edu

Interlibrary Loan

The IGS Library selectively lends material to other libraries. Non-UC libraries can request materials under 100 pages directly from location CBG via OCLC, and your material will be sent via e-mail as a PDF, often the same day. Non-UC requests for materials that exceed 100 pages should be directed to Interlibrary Services, Doe Library, UC Berkeley.

The Library has a special program for lending California municipal and county codes to San Francisco Bay Area law firm libraries. These libraries may borrow codes for one week with a renewal period of one week. The cost to borrow a code is $45; the cost to renew is $25. Limited fax service is available: $50 for up to ten pages; $1 each additional page (20 pages maximum). Codes must be picked up and returned by messenger. See the Codes page for the list of California Local Codes owned by the Library.

Computer Use Policy

Consistent with UC Berkeley's campuswide library computer use policy, all students, faculty, and staff who logon with their CalNet ID will get unrestricted access to the Internet. Visitors can logon for basic access, as indicated on the welcome screen. Basic access includes library catalogs, article databases and other licensed library resources, and all websites in the .edu, .gov, and .org domains. Selected .com sites are enabled. Basic access does not require a CalNet ID.

NYT and WSJ Access

The Wall Street Journal is available to all UCB students, faculty and staff. Learn how to set up access: http://guides.lib.berkeley.edu/az.php?q=wall%20street%20journal%20student 

The New York Times is available to UCB undergraduate and graduate students. Faculty and staff are not included in this subscription. Learn more: http://guides.lib.berkeley.edu/az.php?q=new%20york%20times%20student%20access

NYT in Education is available to anyone with a Berkeley email address. This product includes images, videos, charts, etc produced by the NYT that can be used in teaching and learning. Learn how to set up access:  http://guides.lib.berkeley.edu/az.php?q=New%20York%20Times%20in%20education