Research Library Cooperative Program

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UCB faculty, academic staff and graduate students can borrow directly from the Stanford University Library using the Research Library Cooperative Program (RLCP). Eligible patrons may also visit Stanford and UT Austin in person and check out library material directly from the circulation desk at these two participating libraries.

RCLP is a cooperative agreement between UC Berkeley, Stanford and UT Austin.

Who is Eligible?

  • UCB faculty, academic staff and graduate students are eligible for the program.

What are the Service Features?

  • Request and receive Stanford material quickly and efficiently through unmediated requests
  • Make in-person visits to Stanford and UT Austin to access their library collections and check out material.
  • Materials from Stanford are delivered for pickup at the Main Circulation Desk in Doe Library.
  • Materials from UT Austin may be picked up at the Interlibrary Services department, 133 Doe Library.
  • Patrons who borrow Stanford material via RLCP are granted longer loan periods with easy access to renewal

To Access the Collections

UC Berkeley accessing Stanford owned material: No registration is necessary to request materials or scans from materials located at Stanford. You may also utilize your Cal1 Card in-person at Stanford.

UC Berkeley patrons visiting UT Austin:

To borrow from Stanford, find holdings at Stanford via SearchWorks.

  • Fill out the RLCP online request form
  • Enter your UCB ID number from your Cal1Card for the "RLCP Card Number or ID#" field.
  • Select "Stanford University" as the ?Holding institution? on the second page of the form.
  • Include as complete a citation as possible for each book or scan requested.

Renewals for Stanford materials

Renew books from Stanford by sending an email to

List each book by author, title and barcode number.

Returning materials

UC Berkeley users should return RLCP material from Stanford via the Book Return chute at the Main Circulation Desk in Doe Library, or to the ILL office at 133 Doe Library. UT Austin material should be returned to Interlibrary Services, 133 Doe Library. Users are responsible for materials until they have been returned to the library from which they were borrowed. We recommend you ask for a receipt at the Circulation Desk when returning materials. This will absolve you of responsibility for payment if an item becomes lost in the return process.

If you have questions about this service, stop by the ILL office, or send an e-mail to Patrick Shannon at

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Elissa Mondschein, Unit Head, Interlibrary Borrowing

Oct 20, 2015 | Categories: Featured News | agorden

New Database: ProQuest History Vault-American Indians and the American West, 1809-1971

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The Library has recently acquired the database ProQuest History Vault: American Indians and the American West, 1809-1971. This resource provides full-text access to archival materials from the U.S. National Archives, the Chicago History Museum, and selected first hand accounts of white settler encounters with Native Americans during westward expansion.

This database also allows access to a number of collections on American Indians in the 19th Century, with a focus on the interaction among white settlers, the U.S. federal government, and Indian nations. Discover how tensions in the post-Civil War era led to conflicts like the Modoc War fought in Northern California and Oregon in 1872-73, among other topics.

Archive collections include (partial list):

Explore the full list of collections included in the database.

Happy researching!

Post contributed by Jesse Silva, Government Documents Librarian

Oct 20, 2015 | Categories: Featured News | chennesy

Full Autobiography of Mark Twain Now Available

Only partially published up to now, the whole Autobiography of Mark Twain has been critically reconstructed and fully annotated by the editors of the Mark Twain Project. At last it is made available as it was intended to be read. The text of all three volumes, with annotations and full critical apparatus, is available at Mark Twain Project Online.

Created from March 1907 to December 1909, these dictations present Mark Twain at the end of his life: receiving an honorary degree from Oxford University; railing against Theodore Roosevelt; founding numerous clubs; incredulous at an exhibition of the Holy Grail; credulous about the authorship of Shakespeare's plays; relaxing in Bermuda; observing (and investing in) new technologies.

The Autobiography's "Closing Words" movingly commemorate his daughter Jean, who died on Christmas Eve 1909. Also included in this volume is the previously unpublished "Ashcroft-Lyon Manuscript," Mark Twain's caustic indictment of his "putrescent pair" of secretaries and the havoc that erupted in his house during their residency.


Post contributed by

Sharon Goetz, Digital Publications Manager, Mark Twain Papers & Project;

Benjamin Griffin, Editor, Mark Twain Papers, The Bancroft Library

Oct 19, 2015 | Categories: Featured News | agorden

A Hand's On Event with Artists' Books

Art by Mój dom = moje domy = my home = my homes by Beata Wehr

Is that really a book?!

Yes, it is. Artists' books are one-of-a-kind art objects that defy conventional "reading" experiences by engaging the viewer through sight, touch, and physical manipulation. We think these books are too often locked behind exhibit cases.

Touch, turn pages, and explore 20 new artists' books at The Environmental Design Library.

Lauri Twitchell, Blake Gardens Manager, will speak briefly about her work as a book artist.

Wine and light refreshments will be served. Hosted by: Jennifer Osgood, Molly Rose and Lauri Twitchell

Time: Friday, October 23, from 4:00-6:00 PM

Location: Atrium of the Environmental Design Library, 210 Wurster Hall


Post contributed by David Eifler, Environmental Design Librarian

Oct 16, 2015 | Categories: Featured News | agorden

Reading of work by Steve Tollefson, Berkeley Writers at Work Founder

Photo by: Peg Skorpinski

The Library is hosting a reading celebrating Steve Tollefson, who created Berkeley Writers at Work in 1997.

See more details in a recent Berkeley News story.

When: 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm, Tuesday, October 20th

Where: Morrison Library

Oct 15, 2015 | Categories: Featured News | agorden

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