Library Support for American Cultures Instructors

Message from Corliss Lee, American Cultures Librarian 

As you prepare for a semester like no other, please remember that the Library is here to support your research and teaching needs.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions at

Our libraries remain closed at this time, but: Good news:

Starting on Sept. 8, the Library will provide a contactless pickup service for all borrowers who have current Cal 1 Cards or UC Berkeley Library cards.  You will be able to request books from the Main Library stacks and Morrison Library (if they are not already checked out). This service is called Oski Xpress. 

Your Teaching

Course reserves lists should be sent immediately to  We need extra time to figure out whether your titles are available as e-books or online chapters and to acquire materials as necessary.  Also, if you need assistance with adding materials to bCourses or with copyright issues, please see our guide.

The Library’s Instruction Services Division staff are available to teach customized workshops for Reading and Composition classes with research assignments.  Please contact me with at least 3 weeks' notice if at all possible.  Fill out the form at this link and I or one of my colleagues will arrange a class: 

I am also available to discuss the design of research assignments that will help your students succeed.  For additional suggestions, view "Effective Research Assignments" 

Your Research

Research Consultations:    I would love to speak with you about your research, and suggest or obtain resources that may be of use for your projects.  The more we know about what you’re working on, the more we can help.

Research Data Management:   If you’re looking for assistance in mining resources and data sets, or in managing the data you generate, you can consult with me or one of our research data consulting team:

Research Alerts:  We can help you monitor research issues and new scholarship of interest.  I can work with you on creating tailored alerts and feeds.

Your Scholarship

Publishing choices, visibility, and impact:  Staff at the Library's Scholarly Communication Office are available for consultations to help you: make your research and scholarship discoverable; discuss and evaluate publishing options; track and promote your publications; retain or negotiate your intellectual property rights; and discuss the use of licensed materials or IP in your work or the use of your work by others.  Please see our Scholarly Communication website or contact them at

I can help youdeposit your recent publications into e-Scholarship, the UC’s repository of publications, in line with UC’s Open Access Policy.

Get funding to make your publication open access:  If you would like to publish your scholarship in an open-access journal, don’t be discouraged by an  “Article Processing Charge;” we can help you get funds to cover this charge.  Please see our guide here to BRII, which covers open access publications:

These and related library services are outlined more at the Information for Faculty and  Instructors web page; please note that the Library’s COVID-19 portal has the most up to date information.

REMINDER:  you no longer need to set up the proxy server or VPN to access library resources from off-campus.  See the EZProxy guide for more details.  The old proxy server has been retired.  Please remove the old proxy from each browser that you use (instructions here).

When you click on links to resources from the Library home page (don’t use a search engine to find the resource you need!) you will be prompted to authenticate with CalNet ID.  

If you click on a link to a library resource found via a search engine or a non-UCB library webpage or an old bookmark, you will need to use a bookmarklet to access the resource.

If you want to use the VPN please install the new client.

Students, staff, and faculty should feel free to chat with us 24/7, set up zoom appointments, or email us about your research needs.

Please keep an eye on the Library COVID-19 portal for updates.