Virtual Resources for Cal Students


Dear Reader,

With an entire semester of uncertainty ahead of us, IEEE has your back. If you’re new to UC Berkeley, you may be feeling especially overwhelmed by the multitude of courses and information being offered and handed to you. We hope that this organized collection of online resources will help ease that stress! Whether you’re on campus or not, we encourage you to take advantage of these health, academic, technology, and career resources, and allow yourself to worry about things that matter the most right now. Take care of yourselves, and let IEEE take care of you.

Academic Resources

ESS Peer Advising

Peer advisers are also available Monday-Thursday 9am-5pm, Friday 10am-5pm, as well as Tuesday/Thursday 7-9pm through their Virtual Front Desk. Ask for a resume review, access tutoring, learn more about the College of Engineering, etc! You can also email for more information. Check out the full schedule in this spreadsheet.

Student Learning Center

The Student Learning Center offers tutoring for a multitude of different courses. They have fully transitioned to virtual drop-in sessions through Zoom. Here are some links:

Satellite Tutoring with CAEE

Engineering Student Services provides regular tutoring for a multitude of classes. Online tutoring is available via Google Hangouts. Visit the CAEE Front Desk. You will briefly be in the waiting room.

Once accepted into the Virtual Front Desk you will be asked to fill out the sign-in form by a student assistant. This form tracks the utilization of CAEE’s services and help improve services. The student assistant connect you to an available tutor or the study lounge.

Once your session is over our tutor or student assistant will ask you to fill out a feedback form.

Check out the Fall 2020 tutoring schedule for hours and more information!

Totally-Not-Free Online Textbook Access

If you’re looking for an online version of your course’s textbook, libgen (Library Genesis) is the place to go! The url changes regularly so if that one doesn’t work anymore, type “libgen” into google and click on the first result to start looking for your textbook. Disclaimer: the original site,, was ordered to shut down in 2015, which is why the current site's existence is somewhat...sketchy. So proceed at your own risk.

Remote Learning Resources

UC Berkeley has also provided several resources for instructional resilience, such as technology, workshops, and tools for remote teaching! Check them out here. Another great website that provides information on remote learning is Berkeley Public Health, from access to technology to academic support.

Useful Mobile Apps

Don’t forget to install the following mobile apps on your phone for easy access!

Health Resources

RSF Online Fitness Classes

UC Berkeley’s Recreational Sports Facility offers virtual resources for staying active and healthy! Feel free to check out any of the following options:

Explore Rec Sports Online for more!

UHS Counseling

This can be a scary and stressful time for all of us. If you are feeling nervous, anxious, etc., you can make an appointment with the University Health Services to get started with Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS):

There is no charge to get started with CAPS! Check out for other health resources. In addition, UHS has created multilingual information guides for your convenience in 79 different languages!

Technology Resources

Library Resources

The status of our campus libraries this school year is still uncertain. However, you can still access books and journal content electronically off-campus. Please check out this link to learn about connecting to the off campus VPN. You can also check out major-specific links for engineers to see what resources are available to you. For example, here is the Electrical Engineering & Computer Science page.

Student Discounts on Technology

Don’t forget to take advantage of the student discounts offered via Berkeley Student Technology Services for many large retailers such as:

Free Software

Don’t miss out on the plethora of free software available for UC Berkeley students! Check out the whole catalogue here. This includes:

If you need help, check out Student Technology Services, which offers free tech support for all Berkeley students (and say hi to some IEEE members who work there!)

UC Berkeley VPN Access

The bSecure Remote Access VPN (Virtual Private Network) service, using the Palo Alto Networks’ GlobalProtect software, allows CalNet ID–authenticated users to securely access the UC Berkeley network from outside of campus as if they were on campus and encrypts the information sent through the network.