Interlibrary Services – a vital resource for Cal scholars

Globe_and_books_mgx.svg“ILL is probably my favorite academic service on campus!  ILL  staff always seem to be warm and friendly and to care about their jobs.  I also wouldn’t have been able to write my dissertation without the probably hundreds of books I’ve gotten throughout the years.  Thank you!”

–Berkeley grad student


Whether you are writing a paper, dissertation or doing post-doctoral research, the UCB Interlibrary Services department can be your best friend.

Even a world class library like Berkeley’s can’t own everything; and that is where Interlibrary Loan (ILL) comes in. Books, articles, conference papers, dissertations; if your research requires something that isn’t available at Berkeley, we will try to obtain it from another institution.

We borrow from the other UC campuses, from hundreds of libraries nationally, and increasingly from partners around the world. We can’t guarantee that we will get everything you need, but we can guarantee that we’ll try. Recent successes include scans of two very rare items: Reveries Orientales: Poems et Illustrations by Jamil Hamoudi and Maha Vira Charita by Bhava Bhuti (published in Calcutta in 1857).

So, check out our website for information on the services we provide, or stop by our office at 133 Doe Library. Our staff will gladly take the time to walk you through the ILL process, show you how to manage your ILL account, and do all we can to help you succeed.

Our hours are Monday through Friday, 10:00 am to 4:00pm, and our telephone number is 510-642-7365. You can find us online at

Patrick Shannon [Head, Interlibrary Services]  pshannon [at]