For an incoming student, life can be a whirlwind — a flurry of new people, new classes, and new ideas.
But through it all, the UC Berkeley Library is here for you.
To help support your experience as a new student, we’ve gathered some of the things you’ll need to know about the Library all in one place.
The Library at a glance
The UC Berkeley Library is actually made up of 24 libraries — and you are welcome at all of them.
Doe, located in the shadow of the iconic Campanile (the campus’s beloved clock tower), is home to several specialty libraries and is connected to the vast underground Main Stacks.
Morrison Library, known as “the university’s living room,” is a frozen-in-time space within Doe where you can cozy up with a book or magazine or browse a selection of new releases.
Moffitt Library, located in the heart of campus, is a hub for undergraduates that fosters collaboration and innovation, with spaces to create, study, and even nap. (Note: Moffitt is closed from January through August 2022 for seismic upgrades.)
On the eastern side of Doe, The Bancroft Library, Berkeley’s main special collections library, holds many rare and one-of-a-kind treasures, including letters, diaries, photographs, and maps that shine light on the West.
Some of Berkeley’s libraries collect materials devoted to specific fields, from anthropology and astronomy to music and mathematics. Others, such as the C. V. Starr East Asian Library, collect materials in languages from around the world.
How do I check out materials?
Your Cal 1 Card is your library card and lets you borrow library materials.
Believe it or not, undergraduate students can have a total of 100 items checked out at a time, and grad students and postdocs can check out 200 items.
How can I get help with research?
The Library makes it easy for you to get help with your research, no matter what the topic.
Use our 24/7 chat service, reach out via email, or make a 30-minute appointment with a librarian. You can also schedule a consultation with a subject librarian (see a list here) by email or through the appointment link.
Does the Library have jobs for students?
Yes. The Library has a variety of employment opportunities for students. Work hours and locations vary. Browse student jobs here.
What other services and perks does the Library offer?
There are too many to list here, but the offerings that are available to you for free include:
- Streaming video: The Library offers streaming access to tens of thousands of movies and documentaries.
- E-books and audiobooks: Read and listen to best-selling works on your computer or device through OverDrive.
- Art for your apartment (or dorm): Through the Graphic Arts Loan Collection, or GALC, Berkeley students, faculty, and staff can check out and take home stunning framed artworks, including original lithographs, etchings, and woodblock prints. GALC will be closed during the spring 2022 semester, with plans to start circulating art in time for the fall 2022 semester, as conditions allow.
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Stay safe, happy learning, and Fiat Lux!