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Synthesis Digital Library Update for November 2011

Life Sciences Microcomputer Facility Closure

The Life Sciences Microcomputer Facility in VLSB 2105 closed at 7:50 pm on Thursday, Dec. 15, and is not scheduled to reopen until August 2012. The closure is required because of the Biology Lab Project construction and the relocation of the microcomputer facility to the northeast area of the Bioscience Library.

Hours for the other microcomputer facilities on campus can be found on the General Access Lab Hours page.

Science IM reference unavailable during winter intersession

Our popular science IM reference service will be unavailable during winter intersession, December 17-January 16.

The collaborative 24/7 Ask a Librarian service will still be available. Ask a Librarian is a chat reference service that connects you to a librarian and emails you a transcript of your chat so you can reference it later.

Winter closure and intersession hours for science libraries

As part of the mandatory campus Winter Holiday Closure and Energy Curtailment Period, all of the UC Berkeley libraries will be closed from Saturday, December 24, 2011 through Sunday, January 1, 2012. Some libraries will reopen on Monday, January 2, but many of the libraries will be closed additional days. Here are the winter closure dates for all the science libraries:

  • Bioscience & Natural Resources: closed Dec. 24-Jan. 16
  • Chemistry & Chemical Engineering: closed Dec. 22-Jan. 4
  • Earth Sciences & Map: closed Dec. 22-Jan. 3
  • Engineering: closed Dec. 24-Jan. 1
  • Mathematics Statistics: closed Dec. 22-Jan. 3
  • Optometry & Health Sciences: closed Dec. 22-Jan. 3
  • Physics-Astronomy: closed Dec. 22-Jan. 3
  • Public Health: closed Dec. 22-Jan. 2

The science libraries will also have reduced hours for the winter intersession. Please consult the Library Hours page to check the hours for all libraries.

Bioscience Library Winter Intersession hours

Due to construction related to the Biology Lab Project, the Marian Koshland Bioscience & Natural Resources Library will have restricted hours during the Winter Intersession:

  • Saturday, Dec. 17, and Sunday, Dec. 18: Closed
  • Monday, Dec. 19 – Friday, Dec. 23: 1 pm – 5 pm
    (Please note the 1 pm opening time)
  • Saturday, Dec. 24 – Monday, Jan. 16: Closed

On Tuesday, Jan. 17, the regular semester schedule will resume.

OskiCat and proxy server downtime, early Saturday morning December 17

The following services will be unavailable from 1 am through as late as 4 am on Saturday morning December 17, while we perform scheduled maintenance:

  • OskiCat, the UC Berkeley library catalog (including searching, request, and renewal functions).
  • UCB call number and availability information in Melvyl.
  • Melvyl Request login and My ILL Requests.
  • The library proxy server for accessing licensed electronic resources (VPN will still work).

Other than that, our website will not be affected.

Chemistry & Chemical Engineering winter hours

The Chemistry & Chemical Engineering Library will be operating on a reduced schedule for much of December and January.  Other UCB libraries may have reduced their hours during this time period; for  specific libraries and hours, please check this web site.

Chemistry & Chemical Engineering Library:

December 17th – 18th: Library is closed
December 19th – 21st: Library is open from 9 AM – 5 PM
December 22nd – January 4th: Libary is closed
January 5th – January 13th: Library is open from 11 AM – 5 PM, Monday through Friday and closed Saturdays and Sundays
January 16  – Library is closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Spring Semester Hours begin starting Jauary 17th:
Monday through Thursday: 9 AM – 7 PM
Friday: 9 AM – 5 PM
Saturday and Sunday 1-5 PM

ScienceDirect downtime on December 10

ScienceDirect will be unavailable due to scheduled maintenance on Saturday, December 10 for approximately 13 hours during the following times: 4:30 a.m. to 5:30 pm.

Extended hours for finals

While the science and engineering libraries will maintain their normal hours during finals, the Moffitt Library and Gardner (Main) Stacks will remain open continuously beginning at 8 a.m. on Monday, Dec 5. These extended hours run until 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec 16.

For current schedules of other libraries on campus, see our Library Hours.

Science IM reference hours reduced Nov. 28-Dec. 1

Our popular science IM reference service will have reduced hours this week, November 28-December 1: Monday-Thursday 3:00-5:00 p.m.

The collaborative 24/7 Ask a Librarian service will still be available. Ask a Librarian is a chat reference service that connects you to a librarian and emails you a transcript of your chat so you can reference it later.

Science IM reference will resume its normal fall semester hours on Monday, December 5: 1:00-5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday.

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