Faculty Privileges

Circulation desk in Simpson Library

Library Card

Faculty are eligible for library borrowing privileges as soon as their employment contract is finalized. Your CCA ID card is your library card. Please bring your card to the circulation desk on either campus and we will issue a library barcode. If you do not have a CCA ID, present your employment contract or a letter signed by your department head that indicates the period of your appointment, along with a photo ID, to either circulation desk.

Borrowing privileges end on the last day of the month of your final semester teaching, with the exception of retiring tenured and emeritus faculty. Upon retirement, tenured and emeritus faculty continue to have full library privileges.

Loan Periods

Faculty may check out most books for four weeks, current periodicals and films may be checked out for one week. Items may be renewed up to three times, except when an item is recalled for use by another patron. Up to thirty items may be checked out at any one time.

Overdue Fines

Fines are not assessed for faculty, however lost or damaged books will be charged a replacement fee. These fees must be paid by the end of the academic term in which the fee is initiated. Failure to do so will result in suspension of library access privileges until all fees are paid in full. Faculty who leave the college and still owe library fees remain responsible for those costs until they are paid in full.

Inter-library loan materials may accrue fees if significantly overdue, damaged, or lost.

Course Reserves

Required reading and/or viewing materials may be placed on Course Reserve on either campus for the semester. Use the Course Reserve Form to submit your request, and allow one week for processing.

Recommend a Purchase

Materials required for your course may be recommended for purchase by the libraries by using the Suggest a Purchase tool when you are logged into the library catalog

Scanning and Copying

The libraries do not provide scanning or copying services, but do have computers, scanners, printers, and photocopiers available for faculty use.

Using Non-Circulating Materials

Faculty may bring library-use-only items to the classroom for several hours for use with their students. Use of archival and special collections materials with students is usually done in the library. Please use our Instruction Request Form to arrange a class visit. A week's notice is preferred for scheduling.

CCA Extension privileges

CCA Extension faculty who do not have a CCA ID card may check out up to 15 items; books circulate for 2 weeks, with one renewal. Privileges are granted through the last day of the month in which the instructor's class ends.

Using UC Berkeley Libraries

Full-time faculty members may obtain a UC Berkeley library card entitling them to limited borrowing privileges by presenting a letter on school letterhead confirming their full-time employment. HR can provide this letter. See UC Berkeley's policy for more information.