UC Berkeley Library

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

How to make a special research appointment at Moffitt Library

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The UC Berkeley Library is offering a pilot program to provide 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.

If we can accommodate your request, your next step will be to have your Department Chair confirm by email to the relevant contact librarian that you have an essential research need that requires you to visit campus at this time. Once this is approved, you will be contacted by a Library staff member about scheduling your visit(s).

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:

Prior to your appointment, please review the campus COVID-19 surveillance testing requirements and Moffitt’s terms of use during COVID-19.

When you visit:

On the day of your appointment, please:

  • Be prepared to show Library staff your green badge in the campus surveillance testing badge system 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.
  • Come to the Moffitt floor 4 entrance (facing Memorial Glade) at the time of your appointment and wait outside for a Library staff member to greet you.