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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.

Bancroft's holdings include:

  • more than 600,000 volumes
  • 60,000,000 manuscript items
  • 8,000,000 photographs/pictorial materials
  • more than 3,000,000 digital files
  • 43,000 microforms
  • 23,000 maps

Components of the special collections include:

The Bancroft Library also includes three research centers and their collections:

Additionally, the Bancroft Digital Collections provide access to more than 300,000 digital items from Bancroft’s holdings through the California Digital Library’s Calisphere and Online Archive of California, as well as online exhibits based on the physical collections above, Digital Scriptorium, databases pertaining to the research centers, and more.

For help navigating this vast array of holdings, please see the How to Find section. For additional help from a librarian or staff member, please see our Contact pages.