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Description of the UC Berkeley Libraries

There are three broad categories of libraries on the UC Berkeley campus:

  • Units comprising what is referred to as "The Library"
  • Units referred to as "Affiliated Libraries"
  • Departmental libraries and reading rooms

"The Library" consists of Doe Library, Moffitt Library, the Bancroft Library which houses rare books and western Americana, and 24 subject specialty libraries serving various academic disciplines in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences. These units, which make up "The Library", report to the University Librarian. They are described more fully below as "Doe Library and the Subject Specialty Libraries".

In addition, there are 11 libraries on the Berkeley campus which are referred to as "Affiliated Libraries". These units contain specialized research collections of unique and often difficult-to-locate materials associated with organized research units, academic departments, and professional schools on the Berkeley campus. They primarily serve the teaching and research needs of faculty and staff, although many of them also serve the campus community at large and the general public. Professional librarians manage these libraries, and they report to their corresponding Dean, Departmental Chair or Organized Research Unit Director.

In addition, many academic departments maintain their own informal libraries and reading rooms for use by department faculty and students. Information regarding these is available through campus academic department personnel.


The Library at UC Berkeley contains one of the finest research collections in the country. The Library consists of Doe Library, the Bancroft Library, Moffitt Library, and more than 20 subject specialty libraries serving a variety of academic disciplines.

The Teaching Library is located in Moffitt Library and is aimed at increasing student and faculty success by teaching them how to use a wide range of information resources -- print, online, and networked -- thus promoting information literacy among the campus scholarly community.

The Bancroft Library, is one of the largest and most heavily used libraries of manuscripts, rare books, and special collections in the United States. Among its components are the Bancroft Collection of Western Americana and Latin Americana, the Rare Book Collection, the History of Science and Technology Collection, the University Archives, the Mark Twain Papers and Project, and the Regional Oral History Office. The Berkeley collection is also distinguished for its C.V. Starr East Asian Library which contains rare editions of early manuscripts, scrolls, woodblock and engraved maps, stone rubbings and bronze inscriptions.

The holdings of the University Library system include over 10 million book volumes, 89,750 current serial publications, 415,900 pamphlets, 5 million microform items, 402,650 maps, 109,000 government documents, 61,900 sound recordings, and 29,159 video/DVD titles.

Most of the campus humanities and social sciences materials are located in Doe Library. Moffitt Library is designed as a core collection and entry point for new and undergraduate students. The Moffitt Microcomputer Facility, also located in Moffitt Library, offers personal computing and consulting services to Berkeley students, faculty and staff.

In late 1994, construction was completed on the Doe/Moffitt Project, a four-story underground addition which connects Doe and Moffitt libraries. The addition houses the Gardner Stack, and the collection formerly in Doe.

To acquaint students, faculty, staff, and other library users with The Library's organization and services, orientation tours are scheduled throughout the year, and library staff are available to help at various information and reference desks.

The Library's services are described in this website, as well as in leaflets available at many central service points and subject specialty libraries. For personal information about the campus libraries or help in using the online catalogs, ask at the Reference Center in Doe Library (510-642-6657). For tours, small group sessions on catalog use, and classes on a wide range of information resources, contact the Teaching Library in Moffitt (510-642-5070) or one of the subject specialty libraries.

The Library's collections and services are complemented by a variety of campus special or "affiliated" libraries.

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