UC Berkeley Library

Access Policy

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The Main (Gardner) Stacks contains Doe Library's research collections and is reserved as a primary study area for UC Berkeley students and faculty.

  • The Stacks are open to those with a current Berkeley ID, UC Berkeley Library Card or Stanford ID.
  • The general public may be permitted into the Main (Gardner) Stacks for research purposes only.
  • Requests for access (also known as a Stack Pass) can be made at the Doe Reference Desk (Doe Library, Floor 2) or via the Main (Gardner) Stacks Request for Access form. Permission for Stacks access is not automatic.
  • Enter the Main (Gardner) Stacks is via Doe Library, or Moffitt Library.
  • Moffitt Library is reserved for the campus community and is open to those with a current Berkeley ID or UC Berkeley Library Card.
  • Members of the general public who are California residents may gain access by purchasing a UC Berkeley Library Card which also confers borrowing privileges. See Library cards for non-UCB patrons.

General public access is not permitted:

  • to Main (Gardner) Stacks for tours, casual visits, or studying with someone else who has access,
  • to Moffitt Library, which is restricted to those with Berkeley ID or a UC Berkeley Library Card
  • for access to Main (Gardner) Stacks by visitors under the age of 18 years.

Access to Federal, State and International government documents is guaranteed by law.