OskiCat, the new UC Berkeley Library Catalog is here!

The previous UC Berkeley library catalogs, Pathfinder and Gladis, have now been replaced with OskiCat. To get to OskiCat, click on the following link:


OskiCat contains new and enhanced search and circulation functionalities. If you have questions, please feel free to contact us at (510) 642-2510.

What is the “Secure Web Portal”?

When you go to our home page of services for OEHHA (http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/PUBL/oehha/), the first link that you see on the right-hand side under "Quick Links" takes you to the "Secure Web Portal". But, what is it? Is it necessary to have a web portal account to use the Public Health Library’s services for OEHHA?

Below are some FAQ’s:

1. Why do I need a web portal account?

– A web portal account allows personalized access to: online request forms with your contact information already pre-filled in, the ability to track the status of your document delivery requests, access passwords to electronic journals, and more.

2. Do I absolutely need a web portal account to use any of the Public Health Library’s services?

-No. If you do not wish to obtain a web portal account, you are free to access services directly from our generic home page for OEHHA at http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/PUBL/oehha/. The web portal is an additional feature that allows you to access the services for OEHHA web page with a more personalized view.

3. How can I get a web portal account?

-To obtain a web portal account (username/password), send an e-mail to Anca Giurgiulescu at agiurgiu@library.berkeley.edu with your name, unit, phone/fax numbers, and e-mail address.

New Public Health Resources

The Public Health Library has added the following new resources to its Toxicology/Occupational Health Resources web page at: http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/PUBL/tox.html

    Best Practices Guide to Synthetic Nanoparticle Risk Management
This guide was published jointly by the IRSST, the Commission de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CSST) and NanoQuébec. It lays out out a prevention strategy for those who work with nanoparticles.

    ALTBIB: Bibliography on Alternatives to Animal Testing
This bibliography by the National Library of Medicine allows searches of the ALTBIB database up to the year 2000 and assists with PubMed searches on this topic from 2000 to the present. The site provides links to live PubMed searches on a variety of related topics including dermal toxicity, reproductive and developmental toxicity, carcinogenesis and animal welfare. It also provides links to other related web sites as well.

VPN system changing August 12

The UC Berkeley is changing its VPN (Virtual Private Network) service.  All current VPN users will need to download and install the new VPN client software by August 12.

VPN is an alternative to the proxy server for off-campus access to journal article databases and other licensed library resources, and is required for some non-web-based resources.  The new VPN client, called AnyConnect, includes a "Library VPN" option.  As before, you need to run the VPN software before accessing licensed library resources, and turn it off when your session is over. 

For details and installation instructions, see our VPN page.

For more information about the options available, see Connecting from Off Campus