History Room
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UC Berkeley Library
History Room

The Library Staff

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Staff acquire more than books!
Library staff arrange licenses for web access to library materials, and acquire all formats, including films, videos, music scores and CDs, maps, pamphlets, and manuscripts. Staff also create collections by digitizing rare materials, making them available to researchers worldwide.

student shelving books

The Library could not function without its more than 600 student employees. Student employees perform such essential tasks as checking Library materials in and out, reshelving, enhancing patron security, and providing administrative support.

reference reference

Reference librarians provide individualized help in finding information or locating specific items. Once limited to materials located only on the Berkeley campus, reference support now involves electronic searches for resources worldwide.


Staff of the Bancroft Library's Regional Oral History Office conduct, teach, analyze, and archive oral and video histories in a broad variety of subject areas critical to the study of California and the United States.

Library employees Library employees

Usually unseen by patrons, Library employees are responsible for the all-important administrative tasks that maintain the Library's infrastructure. They place the orders for materials, pay the bills, design and operate electronic information systems, move the mail and the collections between libraries, process the payroll, and establish policies—all to ensure that Cal's students and faculty have access to the Library's vast wealth of information.

Library architects

Library architects provide designs to meet the changing needs of users as the library buildings require seismic and technological updates, remodeling and refurbishing.

Library staff, 1992

A portion of the staff of the University Library, 1992.

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