Borrowing Policy

You must be a UC Berkeley student enrolled in French 4 or higher to check out books from the main collection. French 1 students may check out a magazine and French 2 students may check out a magazine or a French 2 book for the reading assigment. 

Course reserve materials are behind the front desk. Please ask for assistance in using them.

N.B. Reference books, course reserves, and books from the Jacques Torczyner Collection are non-circulating.

Student who need reference help, day or night, can always use the Ask A Librarian service. It’s live research help 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Ask A Librarian is a consortium of reference librarians from over 1,400 institutions.

Library Rules

1. No cell phones.

2. Please take conversations outside.

3. Only authorized people are allowed in the Library outside of open hours.  If you are not a graduate student in the French Department, faculty, or staff, then you are not allowed in the Library when it is closed.

4. If you are causing a disturbance or engaging in any behavior which interferes with Library activities, you will be asked to leave.  Proscribed behavior includes, but is not limited to, verbal abuse, threats of violence, sexual harassment, or use of "fighting words" to harass any person.  Please see the Berkeley Code of Student Conduct for clarification.

5. Backpacks, briefcases, book bags, and all other bags are subject to inspection upon exiting the Library. To prevent theft of books and library materials, state law authorizes the detention, for a reasonable period, of any person using the facilities who is suspected of committing library theft. The theft of books and materials is considered petty theft and is punishable by fines and/or imprisonment (California Penal Code 490.5).

Any patron who commits or attempts to commit any of the offenses listed above -- or any other behaviors illegal under the laws of the state or federal government -- is subject to sanctions, including:

  • being asked to leave Library premises;
  • being reported to the police; 
  • and legal prosecution.

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Just type one or more words from anywhere in the description of the item you're looking for.

If you want to find matches that begin with your search term but do not match it exactly, like finding compass and companion, truncate your search with the asterisk (*), e.g., comp*