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University California, Berkeley


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University of California, Berkeley Library

About the UCB Library

The Library at the University of California, Berkeley is one of the finest research collections in the United States. Library holdings include over nine million print volumes, plus other formats. The Library includes the Doe Library, the Bancroft Library, the Moffitt Library, and more than twenty subject specialty libraries. In addition, there are a number of "affiliated libraries" that contain the specialized research collections of research units, institutes, academic departments and professional schools on the Berkeley campus.


UCB Library Cards

GTU students, faculty, and visiting scholars may obtain a free library card for borrowing books and other materials from the UCB Library. Bring your GTU ID card with a current registration sticker to the Privileges Desk in the Doe Library (also called the Main Library). You will be issued a separate library card for UCB on the spot. Please note that this card cannot be used at the UCB affiliated libraries, including the Boalt Hall Law Library and the Ethnic Studies Library. See a complete list on the UCB Library website.


Searching for Books and Other Materials

Two different catalogs help you find material owned by the UCB Library:

  • OskiCat searches the holdings of most UCB Libraries.
  • MELVYL represents the holdings of the libraries of the entire 9-campus University of California system, including Berkeley, and also some other libraries such as the GTU Library. You can set MELVYL to limit its searches to UCB only, GTU only, or whatever campus you wish.

Click here for more information about the UCB library catalogs.



If an item is listed in OskiCat or MELVYL as "NRLF," then it is kept at the storage facility in Richmond. Copy down the NRLF number, and use this when you Submit a paging request, either online or at the Service Desk of Doe Library. Allow two working days to obtain the item. It is also possible go to NRLF in person; please contact NRLF by phone at 510-232-7767 for more information.



Copy cards for use in UCB Library photocopiers may be purchased from card dispensers located in some campus libraries or at the Library Copy Service located in Room 145 of Doe Library. Cash, check, Mastercard, Visa, and Discover are accepted at the Library Copy Service. Users may add value to cards at the Library Copy Service or at the dispensers.


Electronic Resources at UC Berkeley

You may access web-based resources such as the CDL databases by going to a UCB Library and using a designated computer there. You do not need a password when using some of the computers of the UCB campus; some computers require CalNet authentication. Passwords for access to CDL databases from home are not available to GTU students; this is because access to these databases are governed by licensing agreements which restrict access only to UC students. These agreements are determined by the California Digital Library (CDL), the nine-campus UC systemwide library office (a separate entity from the offices of the UCB Library). A list of resources can be found on the Library's Electronic Resources page. Help Sheets for using many of these resources can be found at the CDL's Instructional Materials page.


Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

If a book is at UCB, you will not be able to request this book through GTU Library Interlibrary Loan unless the book is listed as Missing, Withdrawn, or on Reserve for a UCB class. This is because GTU students, faculty, and visiting scholars can get library cards and borrow materials directly. If the book is at UCB but is checked out, you may place a request at the Doe Library Service Desk for that the book be recalled.


Tours and Workshops

Tours of Doe Library, Moffitt Library, and other libraries are offered throughout the school year. The UCB Library also offers workshops that are open to the public; see the schedule for information about both tours and workshops.


Useful Web Addresses

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Stanford University Library

GTU Students, Faculty, and Visiting Scholars may also obtain a card for the Green Library at Stanford University.

To get a card for the Green Library at Stanford, you will first need to get an application from the GTU Library Circulation Desk. Bring this application with you to the Green Library.

There is no charge for this card. Connect to the Stanford Library's catalog, Socrates to see what materials are available.

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Reciprocal Borrowing through the American Theological Library Association

ATLA Reciprocal Borrowing

The Graduate Theological Union Participates in the ATLA Reciprocal Borrowing Program which gives GTU students access to libraries across the United States and Canada.

  1. Visit the privileges desk of the participating library of your choice
  2. Present proof of current enrollment (many libraries will accept a visual confirmation of your course schedule from your phone!)
  3. You will be issued borrower privileges based on the terms set by that library
  4. Return your books on time to avoid penalties or limits to your borrower privileges

Find a Participating Library in your area

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