The summer 2014 issue of Fiat Lux, the Library's newsletter, is now available online. You will find in it a story about students hacking the Free Speech Movement Archive, along with updates on the FSM's 50th anniversary, the new Authors Alliance, and the 2014 crop of Library Prize winners. Enjoy!
A new resource is now available to Library users. Browzine is an app that allows you to browse and read electronic resources on your tablet and phone. Users will need to also set up the campus VPN or use Airbears to get to licensed resources. Learn more.
A beta version of the new Library website can now be previewed, and we'd love to get your feedback while we continue our work. The site features a lively new look and feel, with revamped pages for finding a study space, hours and maps, and subject libraries, among other features. Please take a look, and then complete a short survey.
The Library is pleased to debut a new resource for students -- laptops and tablets that can be checked out for use anywhere on campus. Beginning on May 27, MacBook Air laptops and Ipads Air are available at Moffitt Circulation. UC Berkeley students with a valid Cal ID or yellow library card may borrow a device for four hours (with one renewal). View the borrowing policy.
Every summer, the Library and College Writing Programs distribute to new freshmen a list of recommended books. This isn't required reading, but rather a great list of titles suggested as a way of welcoming incoming students to the intellectual life of the university.
The theme this year honors the 50th anniversary of the Free Speech Movement. You?ll find books listed that treat the people and events of Berkeley in fall 1964 and soon after. You?ll also find books, both fiction and nonfiction (and some other media), that deal with freedom of the press, the women?s movement, Malala Yousafzai, Nelson Mandela, and so much more.
We encourage you to look up one, two, or all of them in the University Library, which holds one of the richest collections in the world. There's almost certainly something here to catch your interest!