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How to make a special research appointment at The Bancroft Library

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The main entrance to the Bancroft Library
The Bancroft Library is now open for research appointments.

The Bancroft Library is offering three-hour research appointments Wednesday through Friday.

Appointments will be scheduled between 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 1:30-4:30 p.m.

Please note that access to materials stored at the Northern Regional Library Facility (NRLF) will be paused July 23-Aug. 5 and Aug. 14-25.

How to request an appointment

We have no appointments available at this time. You are welcome to submit a request for an appointment in our online registration and request system for visits starting Aug. 30 or later. All on-site materials must be requested three days in advance, and all collections housed at NRLF must be requested one week in advance to ensure availability.

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, most campus libraries that are part of the UC Berkeley Library are closed for general walk-in use. In summer 2021, The Bancroft Library’s Reading Room will be open for special research appointments. Individuals approved for special research appointments agree to: 

  • 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, including wearing a face covering at all times in the Library.
  • Follow Bancroft’s conditions of use.
  • Follow the Library’s code of conduct.

When you visit

On the day of your appointment, please:

  • Wear your face covering to campus and throughout your time in the Library.
  • Bring your Cal 1 Card or driver’s license 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 direct you to the lockers or the security desk.