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Library Associates receive complimentary copies of the quarterly newsletter Bene Legere, as well as invitations to special occasions at the Library. For more information on the Library Associates program, please write or telephone: The Library Development Office, Room 188 Doe Library, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720-6000; telephone (510) 642-9377. Or, check our website.
Visitors to the campus frequently ask, "Where is the Library?" and then are surprised by the response, "Which one?"
UC Berkeley is home to one of the finest research libraries in the country, and includes the Doe Library, Moffitt Library, The Bancroft Library, and more than twenty subject specialty libraries serving a variety of academic disciplines. The UC Berkeley Library's holdings include over nine million print volumes, and a significant number of maps, manuscripts, photographs, video and sound recordings, as well as a growing collection of materials in electronic formats.
The Doe Library houses most of the humanities and social sciences collections. The Bancroft Library, a rare books, manuscripts, and special collections library, includes a collection of Western Americana and Latin Americana, the History of Science Collection, the University Archives, the Mark Twain Papers, and the Regional Oral History Office. Moffitt Library houses a core collection of high-use materials of particular interest to undergraduates and non-specialists, the Media Resource Center, and the Teaching Library.
Among the subject libraries, each with its own unique and rich collection of materials, the East Asian Library is particularly distinguished by its rare editions of early manuscripts, scrolls, woodblock and engraved maps, stone rubbings, and bronze inscriptions. The Music Library also houses rare books and manuscripts, and the Bioscience and Natural Resources Library has a fine collection of old and rare cookbooks.
In addition, there are a number of "affiliated libraries," which contain specialized research collections of unique and often difficult to find materials associated with research units, institutes, academic departments, and professional schools on the Berkeley campus.
Campus Visitor Services, which can be reached at (510) 642-5215, regularly leads campus tours that include a guided walk through the Doe Library and the Gardner Stacks, where the Doe collections are housed. The Library's own tour program offers tours of the Doe Library, Gardner Stacks, and Moffitt on Tuesdays. Tours meet in the north lobby of Doe Library, and begin at 10 a.m. on the first Tuesday of each month, and at 2 p.m. on the remaining Tuesdays.
Library hours vary by location, and during academic semesters, semester breaks, and summer sessions. For an up-to-date listing of all Library hours, pick up a leaflet at any library, or click on Library Hours on the Library Web home page. For a recording of Doe Library hours, call (510) 642-6657 and choose option 1.
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