Moffitt Library closed for seismic upgrades; Doe, Main Stacks, other libraries to extend hours in spring semester

Students in masks walk by Moffitt
Moffitt Library will be closed from January through August 2022 for seismic upgrades. (Photo by Jami Smith for the UC Berkeley Library)

Things will be a bit different at the UC Berkeley Library in the spring semester, owing to the temporary closure of Moffitt Library and extended hours at several of Berkeley’s other libraries.

From January through August 2022, Moffitt, the popular undergraduate library at the heart of campus, will be closed for seismic upgrades. Part of a campuswide initiative, the updates will ensure an even greater level of safety in the building. Moffitt is expected to reopen for the fall 2022 semester.

Several campus libraries will have extended hours in the spring semester. The semester will start with library hours similar to those in fall 2021, and the hours will expand after additional employees are hired to cover the required shifts. Once the staffing is in place, Doe Library and Main Stacks will remain open until 2 a.m. Sunday through Thursday. Starting Jan. 18, those visiting Doe after 8 p.m. will be required to show their UC IDs to enter.

Longer hours are also planned at the Engineering Library, the C. V. Starr East Asian Library, the Environmental Design Library, Morrison Library, and Graduate Services, with some locations open Sunday through Thursday until midnight. The extended hours are made possible through campus emergency relief funding for the remainder of this fiscal year.

Food and drink are not allowed in any of the libraries open in the spring semester, and all visitors — whether vaccinated or not — must wear face coverings while inside the libraries, in line with public health guidelines.

Please note: During this uncertain time, libraries may reduce their hours or close at short notice due to staffing shortages. Please check the Library’s hours page before visiting.

The full slate of extended library hours, and details on when they will take effect, will be announced as they become available. Check back for updates.

For the latest on Library services, check out the Library’s COVID-19 portal.