You may walk past The Bancroft Library's entrance every day. You're busy and rushing to get to class on time, so you may not even realize that we're here. Or, perhaps you notice the entrance and wonder where it leads.
The Bancroft Library is UC Berkeley's primary special collections library, which means we preserve and make accessible significant historical and cultural materials. Our collections include handwritten documents ("manuscripts") such as letters and drafts, old ("rare") books, photographs, drawings, and much more.
Come in to do research or learn from these extensive historical and cultural materials. You could include primary source materials in your research papers. Incorporate archival resources into your class assignments or thesis. Find inspiration for a creative project. Research local or university history. Or just indulge your curiosity.
We're here for you. You don't need to be faculty or an experienced researcher to access these collections. Bancroft welcomes everyone interested in our collections, including and especially undergraduate and graduate students at UC Berkeley.
Reference staff are available to help you navigate our collections and find resources. Send an email to the reference staff or by the Reference Desk. We're open Monday through Friday between 10:00 am and 5:00 pm.
Don't be daunted by the foreboding-looking security desk at our entrance. At the desk, our friendly staff will explain that you must leave things like your backpack, books, papers, electronic devices, pens, and snacks inside one of the nearby lockers. After that, come upstairs and register to use the library. It takes five minutes and you only need your Cal ID.
If you're curious to discover more, join us for The Bancroft Library Open House on Friday, February 26th at Noon -4:00 pm. And bring a friend!
We look forward to your visit!
Post contributed by Shannon Supple, Head of Reference and Research Services, The Bancroft Library
Most UCB libraries will be closed on Monday, February 15th, in honor of Presidents Day.
The Berkeley Law Library will be open from 10am - midnight.
See the February 15th hours page for details.
The It's All New exhibit features architectural models, drawings and photographs in the Environmental Design Library. The exhibit showcases recent acquisitions and newly accessible materials from older collections.
You'll find the exhibit in the display cases in the Volkmann Reading Room in the Environmental Design Library, 210 Wurster Hall.
The new materials will be on display until February 19th.
If you've been in the Education Psychology Library lately, you may be wondering what happened to all the books. Is all the information online? Have we moved beyond the world of books?
Not quite yet! The books aren't gone. They're just moving to the Main Stacks and the Social Research Library. You can request any book via OskiCat and choose the most convenient library for pick up.
Tolman Hall (home of the Education Psychology Library) will be decommissioned in 2016. The replacement building, dubbed Berkeley Way West, won't have a library, but will house the schools of Education and Public Health and the department of Psychology.
Comments, concerns, questions? Contact Susan Edwards, Head Librarian, Social Sciences Division
Story Hour will feature author, Anthony Marra, on Thursday, February 11th at 5:00pm.
Story Hour in the Library is a monthly prose reading series held in UC Berkeley's Morrison Library.
Anthony Marra has won a Whiting Award, Pushcart Prize, and the Narrative Prize.
His first novel, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, won the National Book Critics Circle's inaugural John Leonard Prize and the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award in fiction, as well as the inaugural Carla Furstenberg Cohen Fiction Award. Marra's novel was a National Book Award longlist selection as well as a shortlist selection for the Flaherty-Dunnan first novel prize. In addition, his work has been anthologized in The Best American Non-Required Reading 2012.
He received an MFA from the Iowa Writers Workshop and was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, where he currently teaches as the Jones Lecturer in Fiction. He has lived and studied in Eastern Europe, and now resides in Oakland, CA.
When: Thursday, February 11, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Where: Morrison Library
Admission: Free and open to the public
Contributed by Gigi Gillard, Donor Stewardship & Events Coordinator
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