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Using the Library during COVID-19

Many of our services are now being offered in new ways. To find the latest information on course reserves, book returns, 24/7 online help, and more, visit our Library services and resources during COVID-19 page. The information on that page supersedes all other information on the Library website at this time.

The Bancroft Library

Feb 24 - Mar 2

Service Updates

The Bancroft Library is providing Special Research Appointments. Please visit the Library's Covid-19 Portal for further info on this service.

The Bancroft Library's exhibit spaces remain closed. Duplication and permissions services are currently limited. Please visit our Digital Collections and Online Exhibits for online content.

Not all of Bancroft's digitized material is available through Calisphere, Online Archive of California, or UCB Library Digital Collections. If you are unable to find online material through these portals, please submit an inquiry using the Digital Copy Inquiry Form.


The Bancroft Library is the primary special collections library at the University of California, Berkeley. One of the largest and most heavily used libraries of manuscripts, rare books, and unique materials in the United States, Bancroft supports major research and instructional activities and plays a leading role in the development of the University's research collections. Read more...

Know Before You Visit

The Bancroft Library is a non-circulating library. Researchers conduct their research onsite in the reading room. Please familiarize yourself with the registration procedures and Conditions of Use before you arrive.

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  • Online Archive of California
  • Calisphere

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