UC Berkeley Library

Can I get access to the Main stacks as a visitor?

Yes, but we ask that you come with a research need, such as a Main (Gardner) Stacks call number or an appropriate topic of interest.

You can request access online for a single day.  On weekdays, you can submit your request by 10am for same-day access. If your request is granted, we will email you a confirmation.  Please note that you will need to print out the pass that is attached to the email, and bring it when you visit.

At other times, or to make a request for multiple days as described below, come to the Reference Desk (second floor, Doe Library) with a current photo ID to request access in-person.  For hours of this desk, see the Doe Library web page.

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Doe Reference Desk - floor 2 Doe Library

Researchers whose projects will require repeated visits may come to the Reference Desk and request a "Reference Card".

Both the one-day pass and the Reference Card provide access to the Main (Gardner) Stacks. Neither includes borrowing privileges, off-campus database access, the ability to request items through the OskiCat catalog, or delivery of materials from the Northern Regional Library Facility (NRLF ).

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