Finding Local Information
Finding Local Information is a bibliographic research guide to finding U.S. community-specific information in the UC Berkeley libraries, the community, and on the Web, in the context of the built environment and with an emphasis on the San Francisco Bay Area and California. For international community research, please the guide International Planning. While of general research interest, this guide is designed to support various UC Berkeley courses, especially City Planning 110: Introduction to City Planning. For further assistance, please consult the Environmental
Design Library reference staff, 210 Wurster Hall.
UC Berkeley faculty, registered students, and staff who are off campus may use items marked UCB Only or UC Only by using The Library's off-campus access services.
Content reviewed: June 2010. Compiled by Deborah Sommer.
Interpreting the Built Environment
See also Finding Information on Buildings
& Places for stimulating questions to ask about places, and tools to find answers.
Architecture everywhere: investigating the built environment
of your community, by Joseph A. Weber. Tucson, AZ: Zephyr Pr.,
EnvDesign NA705 W43 2000
Close-up, how to read the American city, by Grady Clay. Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Pr., 1980.
EnvDesign & Moffitt HT153 C585 1980
- Getting to know your 20th-century neighborhood, by Greta Terrell.
Washington, DC: National Trust for Historic Preservation, 1996. Historic
Preservation Information Booklet. Focuses on American neighborhoods developed from 1900-1950;
identifies architectural styles and landscaping trends.
- EnvDesign NA7208 T47 1996
- The Hieroglyphics of space: reading and experiencing the modern
metropolis, Neil Leach, ed. London: Routledge, 2002.
- EnvDesign HT111 H45 2002
Looking at cities, by Allan B. Jacobs. Cambridge,
MA: Harvard Univ. Pr., 1985. See especially Chapter 3, "Clues,"
pp.30-83. Very useful presentation of the physical indicators that
help the observer interpret an urban environment.
EnvDesign & Moffitt HT166 J262 1985 Reserve & circulating
Observing and interpreting the urban environment: case
study, Prescott & South Prescott, Oakland, California, by Allan
B. Jacobs. Berkeley: Institute of Urban and Regional Development,
Univ. of California, Berkeley, 1982. Working paper no. 374. A
case study demonstrating techniques of community observation and anaylsis.
EnvDesign HT393 C2 C25 W6 no.374
- What style is it?: a guide to American architecture, by John C.
Poppeliers, S. Allen Chambers, Jr. Rev. ed. Hoboken,
NJ: John Wiley, 2003.
- EnvDesign NA705 P6 2003
Real places: an unconventional guide to America's generic
landscape, by Grady Clay. Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Pr., 1994. Includes
124 common places, for example, bypass, district, hangout, lovers leap,
parade route, porno district, shortcut, and skyline.
EnvDesign E169 04 C57 1994
[Stylistic] glossary, IN: The Guide to architecture
in San Francisco and northern California, by David Gebhard, et al. Rev. ed. Salt
Lake City: G.M. Smith, 1985, pp. 553-583. Guide to San Francisco
Bay Area architectural styles.
EnvDesign NA735 S35 G831 1985 Reference Desk, Reference,
Interviewing for social scientists: an introductory resource
with examples, byHilary Arksey and Peter Knight. Thousand Oaks:
Sage Publications, 1999.
Main Stack HM526 A75 1999
Interviews: an introduction to qualitative research interviewing,
by Steinar Kvale. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications, 1996.
EnvDesign & Main Stack HM48.9 K9 1996
Learning from strangers: the art and method of qualitative
interview studies, by Robert S. Weiss. NY: Free Pr., 1995.
EnvDesign HN29 W42 1995
Researching Local History
the Neighborhoods section of this guide.
California historical resources information system (California
State, Office of Historic Preservation) Site includes links to regional
office Web sites with images and other local information. Archaeological
- Discovering the history of your house and your neighborhood, by Betsy J. Green. Santa Monica, CA: Santa Monica Pr., 2002.
- EnvDesign E159 G686 2002 Reference
- Nearby history: exploring the past around you, by
David E. Kyvig and Myron A. Marty. 2nd ed. Walnut Creek, CA: AltaMira Pr.,
2000. Excellent, well-organized manual.
EnvDesign E180.5 N98 2000
Paper trails: a guide to public records in California,
by Stephen Levine and Barbara T. Newcombe. 2nd ed. San Francisco:
Center for Investigative Reporting, 1996.
EnvDesign CD3111 N48 1996 Reference Desk
Public places: exploring their history, by Gerald
A. Danzer. Nashville, TN: American Association for State and Local History,
EnvDesign E180 D36 1987
Finding Books & Related Materials
Start with Melvyl for the most comprehensive coverage of UC Berkeley library holdings. For additional tips, see the Guide to Library Catalogs.
Here are selected subject
terms for searching the library catalogs. Remember that you can
combine subjects or subjects and keywords.
[place name]--City planning
[place name]--Economic conditions
City planning--[place name]
Community development, Urban--[place
County planning--[place name]
Regional planning--[place name]
Here are examples of ways to search for specific areas or neighborhoods within a city:
Aquatic Park (Berkeley, Calif.)
Chinatown (San Francisco, Calif.)
Embarcadero (San Francisco, Calif.)
Haight-Ashbury (San Francisco,
Hunters' Point Naval Shipyard
Mission Bay (San Francisco, Calif.)
San Antonio District (Oakland,
South Berkeley (Berkeley, Calif.)
Telegraph Avenue (Oakland, Calif.)
Treasure Island (Calif.)
The following titles are bibliographic research guides to UC Berkeley collections and
Web resources. Consider them shortcuts to material on your topic.
Finding Journal Articles
Finding local, neighborhood-level information published in journals can be challenging. Here are three titles worth browsing for California and San Francisco Bay Area community information.
They are not commercially indexed.
- California history (California Historical Society)
- Online index: 1921--
- Main Stack F856 C28 Unbound issues in Periodical Room; some older volumes in storage
- California planning & development report. Beverly Hills: Torf Fulton Associates, 1986--. Great resource for information on current California planning issues, both general and in specific localities. Published monthly.
- EnvDesign HT169 C2C34 In bound & unbound periodical stacks
- SPUR newsletter calendar. San Francisco: San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association. Includes articles on land use and planning issues in San Francisco.
- EnvDesign HT177 S3S36 S13 In bound & unbound periodical stacks
The selected article indexes listed here may be helpful; in addition,
the following guides to journal indexes and abstracts may be useful: Architecture, City Planning, Environmental
Planning, and Landscape
To boost your article retrieval skills take a drop-in class at Moffitt Library.
For UCB Only or UC Only indexes and databases, go to The Library's home page→ Find Information→ Articles.
Academic search complete via EBSCO - UC Only
Indexes articles in more than 10,900 general interest journals and scholarly
journals in the humanities, social sciences, and general sciences. Abstracts
and full text available for many titles indexed. There are many book review
citations, especially in the humanities and social sciences.
- Coverage: 1865--
press index and archive
via FirstSearch/OCLC - UCB Only
Citations are drawn from roughly 380 alternative, radical, and left
Useful for identifying community-based and alternative public policy perspectives
on housing, land use, the environment, etc., outside of the mainstream.
Most journals aren't indexed elsewhere.
- Online coverage: 1969--
- Print ed.: 1969-- ; Doe Stack HM101 A12 A55
- AltPress watch via ProQuest - UCB Only A full-text resource that covers
newspapers, magazines, and journals of the alternative and independent press. Good for environmental
justice and environmental policy issues. East Bay Express is included starting 6/01.
- Coverage: 1995--
and life via EBSCO- UC Only
Contains article abstracts and bibliographical citations of reviews and dissertations
on the history and culture of the U.S. and Canada from prehistoric times
to the present. Excellent index for American cultural history and popular
- Online ed.: 1964--
- Print ed.: 1954-- ; Doe Stack E3 A43
plus via Eureka/RLG - UC Only
Contains citations to articles and essays in the fields of anthropology and
archaeology. Subjects covered include art history, landscape history, ethnohistory,
geography, folklore, geology, and history. Useful subject terms include: cities and towns history [name of
place]; city planning history; extinct cities; land settlement patterns [name of place];
and, urbanization history.
- Coverage: 1984--
Avery index to architectural periodicals via CSA -
Contains citations to articles in 1,000+ periodicals in architecture, planning,
urban design, and related disciplines.
- Online access: 1890--
- Print ed.: 1890-1995; EnvDesign fNA8 C64 1973 Index
- UCB Only Provides full-text access to domestic and
international scholarly & academic publications, in a wide range of subject areas, including
- Coverage: Varies
- JSTOR - UCB Only A full-text archive of
interdisciplinary scholarly journal literature, including architecture, geography, sociology, and political science.
- Coverage: Varies
to historic preservation periodicals, National Trust for Historic
Preservation Library. Indexes local publications such as Oakland
Heritage Alliance News, BAHA News, and California Preservation.
Current listings available via the Web version of the Index.
- Online ed.: 1986-mid-1990's; selective coverage mid-1990's--
- Print ed.: Z1251 A U5 1992 Index; vol. 1: 1979-1987; supplement: 1987-1990
Journal of planning literature - UCB Only Columbus, OH: The Ohio State Univ. Pr. Quarterly. See
section 11-1: Comprehensive planning.
- Online ed.: 2000--
- Print ed.: 19865/86-- ; EnvDesign NA9000 J687 Index
Research Library via ProQuest - UCB Only
Includes abstracts and indexing to more than 1,100 periodical titles,
plus current coverage of New York Times articles. It includes some
- Coverage: Varies
Urban studies & planning - UCB Only Provides indexing to and full text of 12 journals
published by SAGE Publications and participating societies, some journals going back 37 years.
- Coverage: Varies
Community Web sites are good sources of directories of contact people. Local telephone books and reverse directories can be helpful, too.
Environmental Impact Reports (EIRs)
- Environmental impact reports (EIRs), also known as
environmental impact statements (EISs), are usually the end product of an environmental
impact assessment process. EIRs document the site conditions for specific proposed projects or
developments, and can be valuable sources of data about current and past site
conditions. EIRs may be found in many campus libraries. To locate them, search the Melvyl catalog, using the subject
environmental impact statements in combination with a place or site name.
Public libraries also collect local EIRs.
General plans are an excellent source of local planning information. General plans have many synonyms, among them comprehensive plan, development plan, land-use plan, master plan, and urban plan. Simply stated, a general plan is "the official statement of a municipal legislative body which sets forth its major policies concerning desirable future physical development..." (Kent, The Urban general plan, 1964).
general plans (UC Berkeley, Library) A guide to finding
general plans, with a California emphasis.
California local plans collections: The Environmental
Design Library collects plans for major California cities and communities
within the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as plans for selected U.S. cities.
The Institute of Governmental
Studies Library maintains the most comprehensive collection (1940s onward)
of California city and county planning documents on the UC Berkeley campus. The IGSL collection is fully cataloged
and does not circulate. The California
Local Planning Documents Database is an online index of California
general plans owned by IGSL.
The California planner's book of lists. Sacramento:
California Office of Planning and Research, 1986--; annual. Includes directory
of California local planning agencies and general plan status of localities
- Online ed.: various editions http://www.calpin.ca.gov/
Print ed.: 1986-- ; EnvDesign HT167.5 C2 C33 1996 Reference Desk
California Land Use Planning Information Network (LUPIN), California Resources
Agency. Includes full-text versions of certain categories of California
plans, including city and county general plans.
Using Images for Research
- Image-based research: a sourcebook for qualitative researchers,
Jon Prosser, ed. Bristol, PA: Falmer Pr., 1998.
- EnvDesign GN347 I43 1998
- Visual methodologies: an introduction to the interpretation of visual
materials, by Gillian Rose.
Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2001.
- EnvDesign & Main Stack P93.5 R67 2001
For a more comprehensive list of images of the built or designed environment, see Image sources for the Built Environment.
Access to archival databases (AAD)
(U.S. Nat'l Archives
& Records Administration) Searchable databases of records in the
U.S. National Archives: print, still photos, film, video, etc. Can retrieve
digital copies of selected textual documents, photographs, maps, and sound
landscape and architectural design, 1850-1920, Harvard Univ. This
collection of approximately 2,800 lantern slides represents an historical
view of American buildings and landscapes built during the period 1850-1920.
Offers views of cities, specific buildings, parks, estates and gardens.
In addition to photographs, views include plans, maps, & models.
Also indexed in the American Memory project.
- American memory (U.S.
Library of Congress)Multimedia collections
of digitized documents, photographs, recorded sound, moving pictures, and
text from the Library of Congress' Americana collections, representing
a rich archive of images and text on U.S. urban history.
Design Archives (UC Berkeley, College of Environmental Design) The
collections include the work of most of the San Francisco Bay Region’s
historically significant architects and landscape architects, represented
by drawings, plans, specifications, photographs, audio-tapes, personal
papers, etc. Access is by appointment only.
- San Francisco Historical Photograph Collection (San
Francisco Public Library) Copies of the images may be ordered;
many are available for use with proper permission. These images are only
a portion of the total holdings of the San Francisco Public Library.
Image Sources: HABS/HAER
Historic American Building Survey (HABS)/Historic American Engineering
Record (HAER) , U.S. National Park Service. The HABS/HAER collections
contain more than 363,000 measured drawings, large-format photographs,
and written histories for more than 37,000 historic structures and sites
dating from the 17th to the 20th century. See also California HABS.
American building survey/Historic American engineering record - HABS/HAER (U.S.
Library of Congress, American Memory) Contains searchable digitized
images from the HABS/HAER collections.
- Historic American buildings survey (HABS) [microfiche].
Organized by state. Collections include photographs and written historical
and descriptive data. Search the catalogs for title Historic American
Buildings survey [name of state].
- Historic American buildings survey: California:
measured drawings... [photocopy] Historic American Buildings
Survey (HABS). 4 vols. 1934. Photocopy from the microfilm
copy in the Library of Congress.
EnvDesign NA730 C2 H49 Reference
- Historic American buildings survey (HABS). California [microfiche]. Teaneck, NJ: Somerset House, 1980.
Photographs and written historical and descriptive data.
Indexes to the HABS/HAER collection
- America preserved: a checklist of historic
buildings, structures, and sites recorded by the Historic American Buildings
Survey/Historic American Engineering Record. 60th anniversary ed. Washington,
D.C: Library of Congress, Cataloging Distribution Service, 1995. Indicates
types of illustration and documentation included in records for historic
buildings, neighborhoods, and sites, e.g., photogrammetric images, measured
A37 1995 Reference
1969-1985. By state and county, a list of images in the
Historic American Engineering Record collection, including factories, bridges,
and other "non-building" structures.
EnvDesign E159 H1361
- California architecture: historic American buildings survey (HABS), by Sally B. Woodbridge. San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 1988. Includes a "Catalogue of buildings included in the Historic American Buildings Survey of California," pp.105-269.
EnvDesign NA730 C2W65 1988 Reference
Maps & Aerial Photos
Earth Sciences & Map Library (UC Berkeley)
The largest collection of maps in northern California and one of the largest university map collections in the United States.
Supplementing its superb collection is an excellent comprehensive directory of online map collections and resources.
- Aerial photographs
Catalog of aerial photography
(UC Berkeley, Library) Searchable catalog of the Earth Sciences & Map international aerial photo collection,
with special strength in
California and the San Francisco Bay Area images. Site also includes links to other campus aerial photo
- Maps worldwide Searchable
international online collection of aerial photographs.
- MSR maps (Microsoft Co.) Formerly TerrraServer-USA, the site offers free, public access to online maps and aerial photographs of the United States.
- Plat maps, also called fire insurance maps,
show a variety of details, including actual lot boundaries, special uses,
building materials and building footprints. For a perspective on ways to use plat maps
for research, see Cathy Moulder's article, Fire insurance
plans as a data source in urban research: an annotated bibliography of examples, in Art Reference
Quarterly, v.1:3, 1993. See also Plat
insurance maps (UC Berkeley, Library)
Links to description of and indexes to fire insurance maps.
- -----. Fire insurance maps in the Library of Congress:
plans of North American cities and towns produced by the Sanborn Map Company:
a checklist, compiled by the Reference and Bibliography Section, Geography
and Map Division. Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress: U.S.
Govt. Print. Off., 1981.
- EnvDesign HG9771 U54 1981 Reference; Earth Sci HG9771
U54 1981 Reference with microforms
historical city maps (Univ. of Texas, Austin) Digitized
maps from the Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection at the Univ.
of Texas at Austin.
- Plat maps--California (Sanborn
Insurance Company): Available online and on microfilm. Originals of various dates
and cities are available at the Library of Congress, Bancroft Library,
Oakland Public Library, and the California Historical Society.
- Digital Sanborn
maps, 1867-1970--California (UMI) - UCB Only
Among other information the maps "give street names, street
and sidewalk widths, property boundaries, building use, and house and block
- Insurance maps of Berkeley, California,
Sanborn Map Company. NY: The Co., 1911. Includes Albany and parts of Emeryville and Oakland.
- EnvDesign fffG1529 B6 S3 Rare v.2 only, 1911 corrected to 1933
- Sanborn fire insurance maps: California
1884-1952 || Index
Earth Sci Microfilm 31073
- Sanborn maps of California, 1911-1991
Earth Sci Microfilm 77648
- Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps, San Francisco, California, 1899/1900, courtesy of San Francisco Genealogy. The black and white maps presented here are from six volumes that covered San Francisco in 1899 and 1900. To locate a specific location, consult the various indexes to locate the correct Map Sheet. Then select the appropriate link.
- San Francisco Maps, courtesy of San Francisco Genealogy. Guide and links to historic, street and other maps.
Thomas Bros. maps: Excellent street maps in book
form. Volumes for Bay Area counties are available at the Environmental
Design Library Reference Desk. Other volumes available in the Earth Sciences/Maps
In addition to local histories and guidebooks (use the catalogs to locate them), formal neighborhood profiles offer a quick overview of an area's demographics, etc.
- Berkeley neighborhoods, 1950. Berkeley: Berkeley City Planning
Commission, 1950. Includes maps.
- EnvDesign NA9127 B4 A25 Reference Desk & circulating
- Neighborhood profiles [Oakland]. Oakland: Oakland
Citizens Committee for Urban Renewal (OCCUR). Includes profiles of selected Oakland
neighborhoods: Central East Oakland, Chinatown, Elmhurst, Fruitvale, North Oakland, Oakland Hills
[1998 only], San Antonio, and West Oakland. Each brief
profile includes a land use map, district characteristics, community concerns,
a neighborhood history, etc.
- EnvDesign HN80 O2 N4 1988 & 1998 Reference Desk
- Oakland district handbook, by Nancy Curns. [San Francisco?]:
Coro Foundation, 1984.
- EnvDesign JS1248 C8 1984a Reference Desk
- Oakland's neighborhoods, Erika Mailman, comp. Oakland, CA: Mailman
Press, 2005. Comprised of narrative descriptions and reminiscences of past and current Oakland
residents and admirers.
- EnvDesign F869 O2 O546 2005 Reference Desk & circulating
- Profiles of community planning areas: San Francisco's eastern
neighborhoods, by San Francisco Planning Dept. San Francisco, CA: The Dept., 2002.
- EnvDesign HT168 S4 S28 2002 Reference Desk
- San Francisco neighborhood profiles. [San Francisco]:
San Francisco Planning Dept., 1997.
- EnvDesign HA730 S4 S3 1997 Reference Desk
- The Spirit of Oakland: an anthology, Abby Wasserman, ed. Carlsbad, CA: Heritage Media, 2000. Includes
profiles of selected Oakland neighborhoods.
- EnvDesign F869 S343 Y46 1998 Reference & circulating
Sometimes the only record of a hot community issue is in the local media. In addition to the indexes listed here, some newspapers are available full text on the World Wide Web; information regarding archives of older issues is sometimes available at these sites. For a list of links to online full-text local and international newspapers, see The Library's home page→ Find Information→ Articles→ News Article Databases.
- California newspapers
(News Link) Organized by place within broad categories (e.g., dailies,
- News archives:
- Access world news via
UCB Only Full-text database of articles from
national, and international newspapers and newswires, including many California papers such
as Contra Costa Times (1995-current), Fresno Bee (1986-current),
Santa Rosa Press Democrat (1994-current), Sacramento Bee (1984-current),
San Francisco Chronicle (1985-current), and San Jose Mercury News (1985-current).
Articles are available the day after publication.
newswatch via ProQuest - UC Only
of approximately 100 newspapers and other periodicals published by ethnic
and minority presses in the U.S. Includes articles published in African-American,
Hispanic, Latino, Chicano, Native American, Asian, Jewish, Arab, and European/Eastern
Factiva - UCB Only
General and business news and information from more than 9,000 sources, including newswires.
- Coverage: Varies
Lexis-Nexis academic - UCB Only
Includes indexing to journals and newspapers and provides full text.
- Coverage: Varies
codes & regulatory resources (UC Berkeley,
Library) Bibliographic guide to California, U.S., and international
local codes and charters (UC Berkeley, Institute of Governmental
Studies Library) Comprehensive directory of online full text California
municipal codes and charters.
Statistics & Data
Here's a small selection of statistical resources. For a more comprehensive list,
including some full text, see Statistics & data for city planning: United States; American focus with a California emphasis.
ABAG data center (Association of Bay Area Governments) Great source of San Francisco Bay Area economic and demographic statistics. Here is a selection of the categories available:
- ---Population and demographics
- ---Land use and maps
- ---Real estate and housing
factfinder (U.S. Census Bureau)Users can create a variety of tables, reports, or maps with information on their
Bay Area census (Metropolitan Transportation Commission & the Association of
Bay Area Governments) Very useful and well-designed site. Aggregates Census 2000 data for the nine Bay Area counties.
county profiles (Calif. Dept. of Finance) Compilation of
selected economic, social, and demographic data for California and its
- Online access: http://www.dof.ca.gov/html/fs_data/profiles/pf_home.htm
- Print ed.: 1996--; Main Stack HA262 C68; latest in Doe Refe
demographics (Calif. Dept. of Finance, Demographic Research
Unit) Includes California demographic data, selected full-text
reports and papers, catalog of publications, etc.
DataPlace Easy-to-use source of U.S. housing and demographic data from the census tract to the national level.
Currently contains data from the 1990 and 2000 Censuses, as well as home mortgage, Section 8, and housing needs data.
Create your own maps. Includes nice directory of other online
government statistics (UC Berkeley, Library) A directory of useful links to
social and demographic data, including the U.S. Census Bureau.
Projections... : forecasts for the San Francisco Bay Area
to the year... , population, households, income, employment.
of Bay Area Governments. Oakland: ABAG. Provides a wealth of demographic
data and projections for the 9-county region, each county and city.
- EnvDesign HD5726 S4 P72 latest Reference Desk; Reference
State of the cities data systems (HUD User) For individual metropolitan areas, central cities, and suburbs, presents
business, crime, public finance data and more, as well as demographic and economic data from the 1970-2000 U.S. censuses (when available).
agencies (American Association for State and Local History)
Directory of Web links to state historical agencies and societies, many
of which provide links to local historical societies.
cultural directory (California State Historical
Society) Includes links to California historical agencies.
- Bay Area historical societies (selected list):
Municipal Libraries & Archives
on the Web: U.S.A. public libraries (UC
Berkeley, Library SunSITE) Directory of links to U.S. public libraries. Organized geographically.
- -----. California
Bay Area community libraries (selected list):
- Municipal archives: Municipal archives can be a fabulous source of primary research material.
Many cities, counties, etc., maintain archives of historical municipal records, ranging
from meeting and office records to maps, vital records, photographs, plans, parks and recreation planning, and much more. These archives are
managed in diverse ways: as a separate department, as a function within an individual department, as part of the
public library, etc. Search H-Urban discussion logs for "municipal archives" for
a sampling of the type and quality of municipal archives available.
UC Berkeley Campus Libraries
Consult the list of Libraries & Collections for additional resources.
- The Bancroft Library
- Doe Library, Berkeley. Rare books, images, and special collections, with an emphasis on California and Western Americana. Non-circulating collection. http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
- Business Library - S352 Haas School of Business. Includes real estate materials. http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/BUSI/
Doe Reference Center - 2nd Floor, Doe Library. Reference service re. state, federal, & international governmental publications. http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/doemoff/reference.html
- Earth Sciences & Map Library - 50 McCone Hall. Includes maps, atlases, aerial photos, plat maps, etc. http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/EART/
- Environmental Design Library - 210 Wurster Hall. City planning, urban design, environmental planning, architecture, and landscape architecture. http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/ENVI/
- Ethnic Studies Library - 30 Stephens Hall. Asian American, Chicano, Native American studies, and comparative ethnic studies collections. http://eslibrary.berkeley.edu/
- Institute of Governmental Studies Library - 109 Moses Hall. Strong California collections in local gov't & public policy. State depository for city plans. Non-circulating collection. http://igs.berkeley.edu/library/
- Institute of Transportation Studies Library - 412 McLaughlin Hall. The principle transportation studies collection at UCB. http://library.its.berkeley.edu/
- Water Resources Center Archives (WRCA) - UC Riverside and CSU San Bernardino. Strong emphasis on California water resources. Search through Melvyl or NextGen Melvyl. http://wrca.library.ucr.edu/