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How to make a special research appointment at Moffitt Library

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The UC Berkeley Library is providing access to non-circulating collections in the Newspapers & Microforms Library and the Art History/Classics Library for Berkeley faculty, lecturers, and students. Access to non-circulating collections and microform readers requires advance consultation and reservation.

How to use the service

To begin, submit a request for a research consultation by phone or Zoom to the relevant contact librarian listed below. During the consultation, you can describe the scope of your project, provide an estimate of how long it will take, and indicate what collections you need to access. At this time, only materials from the Newspapers & Microforms Library and Art History/Classics Library are available.

Individuals may request multiple appointments. Such requests will be granted based on demand for this service. The Library aims to support as many researchers as possible while access to campus buildings remains limited.


For access to the microform readers or materials from Newspapers & Microforms, contact Jennifer Dorner at dorner@berkeley.edu.

For Art History/Classics Library collections, contact Lynn Cunningham (art history) at lynncunningham@berkeley.edu or Jeremy Ott (classics) at jott@berkeley.edu.

Before you visit:

Review the campus COVID-19 surveillance testing requirements and get tested, ideally several days before your research appoinment. (Clearance lasts seven days, so you will need to test weekly if you are scheduling multiple appointments.)

When you visit:

  • At the time of your appointment, please come to Moffitt’s floor 4 entrance (facing Memorial Glade).
  • Be prepared to show the Health Ambassadors stationed near the entrance or the Library staff your 1) green badge in the campus surveillance testing badge system on a mobile device or as a printout and 2) a completed campus sympton screener on a mobile device or as a printout.  
  • Wear your face mask to campus, and at all times while in the building.
  • Bring your Cal 1 Card for identification.
  • For microform, bring a flash drive for any scans you want to make. The microform readers are not attached to a printer.
  • For other printed materials, be prepared to scan or take photos with your smartphone or other device. Scanners are not available.
  • 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 and following all signs about respectful use of restrooms and elevators.
  • Follow the no eating and drinking policy.
  • Follow the Library’s code of conduct.