UC Berkeley Library

You can still access the UC Berkeley Library’s services and resources during the closure. Here’s how.

Using the Library during COVID-19

During the pandemic, many of our services are being offered in new ways. To find the latest information on course reserves, book returns, 24/7 online help, and more, visit our COVID-19 portal, which provides more up-to-date information than the text below.

How to make a special research appointment at The Bancroft Library

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The Bancroft Library now offers limited research appointments for UC Berkeley faculty and students. We are only able to provide access to Bancroft Library materials that are housed on-site and that are not available online. We hope to have access to Bancroft Library collections housed at the Northern Regional Library Facility (NRLF) later this fall; those collections are not available at this time. 

How to request an appointment

To begin, submit a request for a research consultation by email, web form, or video appointment. The consultation will be conducted via Zoom. A Bancroft staff member will confirm the availability of the materials of interest and help you to identify the most relevant items so that you can make the most of your time in the Reading Room. You can provide your preferences for visit dates and times during the consultation. If we are able to make those items accessible, you will get an email confirming your appointment time(s) with detailed instructions on visiting Bancroft.

Approved visitors will be booked for a 2.5-hour appointment between 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. Appointment start and end times will be staggered to promote social distancing. Individuals can request multiple appointments, but they may not be on the same day or week depending on demand.

Submit your Aeon requests only after you have received your confirmation email. Requests submitted without a confirmed appointment will be assigned the “Save for Later” status. 

All materials, including books, in the reference collection must be requested at least one week in advance to allow for quarantining between requests.

Please note that all public computers will be offline.

Before you visit

Prior to your appointment, please review the following terms of use for The Bancroft Library during COVID-19:

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all campus libraries that are part of the UC Berkeley Library are closed for general walk-in use. In Fall 2020, The Bancroft Library’s Reading Room will be open for special research appointments. Campus members approved for special research appointments agree to:

  • Adhere to UC Berkeley’s requirements for working on campus, which includes completing the online training, reviewing and acknowledging the UC Berkeley COVID-19 Health and Safety Guide for Returning to the Workplace, and showing the symptom screener certificate of access on the day of a campus visit.  
  • Adhere to the Library’s interim policies and practices enacted to support public health and safety for the benefit of all Library users and Library staff. These include respecting social distancing of at least 6 feet from other people, wearing a face mask at all times in the Library, and following all signs about respectful use of restrooms and elevators. 
  • Follow Bancroft’s conditions of use.
  • Follow the Library’s code of conduct.

When you visit

On the day of your appointment, please:

  • Complete the campus’s symptom screener before coming to campus and have a copy to show via your mobile device or as a printout.
  • Wear your face mask to campus.
  • Bring your Cal 1 Card for identification.
  • Come to Bancroft’s entrance (facing the Campanile) at the time of your appointment.
  • Please call the number provided in your confirmation email and a Library staff member will greet you, confirm your name and symptom screener certificate, and direct you to the lockers or the security desk.