Frequently asked questions
When is the Library open?
On our Library Hours page, you can see today's hours for all the UC Berkeley libraries and select a future date. Subject library homepages also display current hours.
Berkeley is in the Pacific Time Zone.
Hours vary by library and change during the academic year.
What is an 'Affiliated Library?'
There are two types of libraries on campus: The University Library system and the Affiliated Libraries. The former includes Doe/Moffitt and the subject specialty libraries, while the latter are typically connected to particular departments, professional schools, or organized research institutes.
How do I get to the UC Berkeley campus?
Can I donate books to the Library?
The Library will gratefully consider all gifts of recorded information which meet the instructional and research needs of the Berkeley academic community. Questions about gifts to the Library should be directed to Dirk Kennedy.
Please see How to Give and click on "Book Donations" regarding criteria for acceptance, tax and appraisal considerations, and other information.
How can I find UC Berkeley History?
Find campus history, photographs, buildings, course catalogs/schedule of classes, yearbooks (The Blue and Gold), Daily Cal, and UC Berkeley dissertations, and more in the library guide, UC Berkeley History: Basic Sources.
“We live in a time of remarkable and rapid change in the information environment and in the nature of public support for higher education. While the fundamental purpose of the University Library has not changed, the portfolio of strategies for fulfilling that purpose must evolve to meet new circumstances and opportunities. With this strategic plan, we are taking a new approach to our time-honored mission. Across our libraries, we will turn to the goals and values outlined here to develop our priorities and guide our decisions. We will better serve and enrich this great university — and the world beyond — in the exciting years ahead.”
— Jeffrey MacKie-Mason, University Librarian
Read more about the University Library’s vision for the future.
Statement of purpose
The UC Berkeley Library connects students and scholars to the world of information and ideas. With a daily commitment to excellence and innovation, we select and create, organize and protect, provide and teach access to resources that are relevant to our campus programs and pursuits. (Developed by Library staff; endorsed fall 2000 by Library Administration)
Library staff also developed a statement of values.
Find a member of the Library’s staff in our staff directory.
Library administration is comprised of the University Library Cabinet, Library Roundtable, subject and functional councils, and standing committees of library staff.
Want to use the Library?
The goal for all policies in the Library is to further excellence in the collections and services we offer and to create an environment that is welcoming and productive for our users. Library policies support the policies and priorities set by the campus and the Berkeley system, and are in alignment with state and federal regulations and requirements.
Visit the Library’s Communications + media page to read current and past installments of the Library’s Fiat Lux magazine and Annual Report, explore facts and figures, and keep up with the latest news about the Library.
Reach out to the Library’s Communications team for all media inquiries, including filming and photography requests.
Want to reach out to the Library? Start here.
- Ask a reference question.
- Get help with privileges and access.
- Recommend a purchase.
- Request duplication from monographs, journals, and other formats.
- Reach out for filming and photography requests.
See the UC Berkeley campus website for general information about UC Berkeley (courses, departments, publications, etc.).