Information for faculty and instructors


The UC Berkeley Library is dedicated to helping faculty members and instructors access and use materials for their own scholarship and to enhance their teaching practice. Let the Library team support you as a scholar and teacher through the following resources. 


Research support

  • Contact your subject librarian — Specific librarians are designated to support each academic department and program, and serve as the first point of contact for all research and teaching related inquiries.
  • Designate a proxy user — Faculty may authorize a research assistant(s) as a proxy to check out materials on their library account. New proxy cards are generally available the next business day at noon. Pre-existing proxy cards may be renewed using the same online form and are also available the next business day at noon. Please note that as we are no longer accepting paper proxy request forms; the online form must be used.

Teaching support

Data services

  • Dryad — An open-source, research data curation and publication platform. Berkeley is a partner and offers Dryad as a free service for all Berkeley researchers to publish and archive their data. Datasets published in Dryad receive a citation and can be versioned at any time. Dryad is integrated with hundreds of journals and is an easy way to both publish data and comply with funder and publisher mandates.

Scholarly communication and copyright

  • UC open access policy — Passed by Academic Senate of the University of California in 2013, this policy ensures that research articles authored by faculty at the 10 University of California campuses will be made freely available to the public on eScholarship. For more information, contact your subject librarian or
  • Berkeley Research Impact Initiative (BRII) — Financial support for faculty members, post-docs, and graduate students who want to make their journal articles free to all readers immediately upon publication.
  • UC copyright education — A wide range of materials related to the use of copyrighted and public domain materials at the University of California. See also, the UC Berkeley library copyright and fair use page.
  • eScholarship — This is the California Digital Library’s open access scholarly publishing platform, providing digital publishing services to the University of California that enable departments, research units, publishing programs, and individual scholars to have direct control over the creation and dissemination of the full range of their scholarship.

The Library welcomes suggestions for titles to consider purchasing from our faculty and instructors.

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