Update: UC Berkeley’s libraries closed; wealth of online resources available

UC Berkeley’s libraries are closed, but many resources and services are available online. (Photo by Violet Carter for the UC Berkeley Library)

The UC Berkeley Library’s buildings are closed, but users can still access a wealth of resources online, as the Library ramps up its outreach and remote services.

To help better serve its users, the Library has launched a Remote Resources for UC Berkeley Library Users web page, which provides an overview of the resources and services that users can access remotely.

The Library has pushed back the due dates for all items due between Sunday, March 1, and Sunday, May 31, to provide relief to borrowers. For those materials, the due date is now Monday, June 1. (Patrons can renew items proactively through My OskiCat.)

During the closure, the Library is prioritizing providing digital formats, when possible, to allow for quicker access to materials. Library users can send requests through the purchase recommendation form


Remote Resources for UC Berkeley Library Users

While UC Berkeley’s libraries are closed, Library users can still access a wealth of remote resources, including e-books, videos, databases, 24/7 help from librarians, and LinkedIn Learning courses. Learn more about the Library’s remote resources.


The decision to close the campus’s libraries came on the heels of Alameda County’s announcement advising residents to shelter in place starting Tuesday, March 17, at 12:01 a.m. — an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The closure affects all 24 libraries that are part of the university’s library system.

Chancellor Carol Christ announced Monday, March 16, that the Berkeley campus will be transitioning to “maintenance-only” mode, with all in-person instruction coming to a halt but with remote instruction continuing.

In the message, Christ announced that employees should start working from home, with exceptions for some employees in student-facing roles, including dining, housing, law enforcement, and health services.

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