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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.

Classes at The Bancroft Library

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The Bancroft Library will be offering in-person class visits for the Fall 2021 semester.  Please note that policies and procedures may change as the Covid-19 situation evolves.  We will also continue to provide virtual support through a variety of online learning activities and tools, whether it be giving a virtual class visit or providing online class support. Please see Virtual Class Visits and Support for our offerings.

The Bancroft Library supports the teaching and research missions of the University of California, Berkeley and welcomes class visits that incorporate and explore our collections. Every semester, Bancroft hosts a diverse array of classes in which instructors and students use archival documents, manuscripts, rare books, pictorial collections, and more. We offer class sessions at The Bancroft Library to the extent that we can, depending on the fragility and restrictions of the materials and the availability of library staff. To learn more about the instructional support we can provide, see Class Consultation and Assistance below.

To find out more about classes taught at The Bancroft Library, please see the List of Recent Classes.

Please contact class coordinator Lee Anne Titangos for more information at ltitango@library.berkeley.edu.

Virtual Class Visits and Support

Please allow for flexibility as we navigate the ever-changing factors surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. Some learning options will be limited to existing digitized material.

Contact us a minimum of 3 weeks in advance to allow for adequate prep work needed to assist your teaching goals virtually.

Virtual Visits


  • Zoom lecture (live)
  • Zoom session with activities in breakout rooms


  • Zoom lecture (pre-recorded)
  • Online interactive activities (Example 1, Example 2)
  • 3-5 minute recorded video features on specific materials or research techniques

Virtual Support

  • Virtual one on one or group consultations with students
  • Identification of relevant digital collections for class projects or research assignments
  • Curated primary source sets on course topic
  • Access to pre-existing digital images for faculty use

Class Visits

Schedule a Class Visit

Request a Seminar Room

Request Materials for Seminars

Prepare for a Class Visit

Class Consultation and Assistance

Bancroft Seminar Policies

Arrival and Departure Procedures

Class Consultation and Assistance

We encourage teaching by faculty and other instructors interested in using the collections of The Bancroft Library. We provide various kinds of teaching, learning, and research support.


Bancroft staff may lead introductory sessions on archival research and the history of the book and teach class sessions devoted to specific subject areas of the collections. In order for us to ensure the availability of Bancroft staff to support these sessions, instructors should schedule them well in advance. Please contact us if you would like us to teach or assist you with a class session.


Bancroft staff is available to work with instructors in designing assignments based on the collections. Please let us know in advance if you are developing an assignment that requires your students to use primary Bancroft source materials. In order for us to support courses with major or multiple assignments involving significant amounts of Bancroft collection material, individualized research coaching, and/or other teaching assistance, instructors must alert Bancroft staff one semester in advance.

Instructors planning to include in their course syllabi a single independent assignment requiring Bancroft Library materials should alert the staff at least one month in advance. This will allow us to assist you in determining whether the primary materials for the assignment are available and in preparing your students for their research experience.

Selection Assistance

If you would like assistance in selecting materials that best meet your goals for your class visit, please contact us at least one month in advance to give us time to provide you with a list of relevant Bancroft materials.

Bancroft Seminar Policies

Please familiarize yourself with The Bancroft Library’s Conditions of Use and share this information with your students prior to the class visit. The same rules limiting the personal items that researchers may bring into The Bancroft Library apply to both class and Reading Room visits.

Please also have your students review our Handling Guidelines before their visit so that they are prepared to explore with care Bancroft’s rare, unique, and potentially fragile materials.

Arrival and Departure Procedures

Arrival Procedures

  • Seminar instructors, please inform the Security Desk that your class has arrived. A Bancroft staff member will escort you to the seminar room.
  • Please note that any items you bring inside will be inspected by Security staff as you enter and exit. Seminar participants should leave all belongings, except what is necessary for their class visit, in the lockers provided.
  • Bancroft staff will circulate a roster sheet for all participants to sign in.

Departure Procedures

  • When your class session ends, inform your Bancroft staff contact that you have finished and that Bancroft materials may be removed.
  • Bancroft materials must always remain attended. Please remain with the material until it is collected by Bancroft staff.
  • Alert staff if you would like to place the materials on hold for a subsequent class visit or for the research use of your students. Unless otherwise notified, all materials will be returned once the class ends.
  • Please return the daily roster sheet to Bancroft staff.
  • All personal belongings brought inside The Bancroft Library will be inspected by Security staff upon exit.  Please form a line and present notebooks, folders, books, laptops, and any other personal belongings for inspection.