Webcast of Berlin Wall lecture now available

"Who Really Opened the Wall?", a lecture delivered on November 9, 2009 by Professor John Connelly, Department of History, UC Berkeley, is now available as a webcast.

This lecture was part of the opening of Icons of a Border Installation: An Exhibit on the 20th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall, which will be on view through December 18 in Doe Library.

Nov 24, 2009 | Categories: Library News | jkupersm

Thanksgiving holiday

Many of the Cal libraries will close early on Wednesday, November 25.

All will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 26 and 27.

All except the Law Library will be closed on Saturday,  and some will also be closed on Sunday.

For current schedules, see Library Hours.

Nov 22, 2009 | Categories: Library News | jkupersm

Multiple closures Friday Nov. 20

As of 12:30pm on Friday November 20, many libraries on the UC Berkeley campus are closed because of fire alarm activation in their buildings.

The Doe Library, Moffitt Library, and Gardner (Main) Stacks will be closed for the remainder of Friday.  The Moffitt Library and the Stacks are planning to reopen as scheduled on Saturday, November 21.

We are not able to post up-to-the-minute information on which other libraries are open and which are not, so it may be a good idea to call in advance if you need to visit a library today.  See Libraries and Collections A-Z.

Meanwhile, our website, catalogs, and databases are all available.

Nov 20, 2009 | Categories: Library News | jkupersm

Agricultural Economics Library "by appointment only"

Due to a staff layoff, the Giannini Foundation of Agricultural Economics Library no longer has regular hours for those not in the Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics.

Staff are available by appointment via phone (510-642-7121) or e-mail (

Nov 17, 2009 | Categories: Library News | jkupersm

City Arts & Lectures online archive

What do Steve Martin, Barbara Boxer, Rosemary Clooney, Stephen King, Salman Rushdie, Linda Ronstadt, and Maurice Sendak have in common?  Along with hundreds of other writers, artists, and thinkers, they have been featured on the City Arts & Lectures radio program.

As mentioned in the San Francisco Chronicle, the UC Berkeley Library has created an online archive of these interviews.

These are available to the general public on computers in our libraries (we suggest bringing your own headphones).   Under the terms of our license agreement, only current Cal students, faculty, and staff members can also access them online as described below.

To call up a list of the programs, go to our OskiCat library catalog and search: city arts and lectures. Click on the title of a program, then look for the link labeled "Restricted to UCB".  Clicking on this link should start the program using RealPlayer software.

Copies of these programs (in audio or transcript form) are not available for sale.


Cal students, faculty, and staff wishing to listen to these programs using off-campus computers should have either the Virtual Private Network (VPN) software or the proxy server setting active. For more information on these options, see Connecting from Off Campus.

Some users have reported problems accessing these files. Here is some information that may help.

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Nov 15, 2009 | Categories: Library News | jkupersm

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