UC Berkeley Library

Update: Moffitt Library is closed for seismic work, but most other libraries are open. Learn more.

Using the Library during COVID-19

Most of UC Berkeley’s library buildings are open. To stay up to date on the Library’s policies and services during the pandemic, visit the Library’s COVID-19 webpage.

The Bancroft Library

Feb 24 - Mar 2

Service Updates

The Bancroft Library is open by appointment only, Monday through Friday. Please submit your request(s) for appointments in Aeon.

We are requiring a minimum of 3 days advance notice for appointments. All collections housed at NRLF must be requested in advance to ensure availability.

For instructions on requesting appointments, please visit the Using Aeon LibGuide.

Duplication and permissions services are currently limited. Please visit our Digital Collections and Online Exhibits for online content. Also visit the new UC Berkeley Library Digital Collections site to find all of the Library's digitized collections.


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.  Please search these sites to locate the collection or item, request it, and have it ready for your visit: 

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