UC Berkeley Library

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

Using the Library during COVID-19

During the pandemic, many of our services are being offered in new ways. To find the latest information on course reserves, book returns, 24/7 online help, and more, visit our COVID-19 portal, which provides more up-to-date information than the text below.

Graduate Services

Feb 24 - Mar 2




Graduate Services in Doe Library offers a core non-circulating research collection that supports:

  • A quiet and congenial study space for graduate students and faculty
  • UC Berkeley's graduate programs in the humanities and history
  • Course reserves for graduate humanities and social sciences courses

Graduate Services also houses the Dissertation Writer's Room, which is a space dedicated to doctoral students advanced to candidacy.

Please consult our access policy before your visit to Graduate Services.


Graduate Services provides:

  • Study tables, some with electrical outlets for laptop computers
  • Computer workstations for library research and internet access
  • Airbears2 wireless connectivity
  • A scan and print workstation
  • Networked printing service (printer located in the adjacent Reference Center)


Graduate Services desk staff:

  • Monitor the room
  • Provide catalog lookup and circulation services for reserves materials
  • Give directional information

Reference assistance is provided in the Reference Center just outside the entrance to Graduate Services. Graduate students and faculty needing individual reference assistance should consult the librarian in their field of interest. See also Services for Graduate Students for general information about using the Library.

Collection Description

Graduate Services houses approximately 25,000 volumes. Except for course reserves, materials are non-circulating.

The Core Collection is a research collection supporting graduate programs in the humanities and history. This collection, largely duplicative of Main stack material, comprises standard editions of core texts, works of major theorists, titles on Masters exams reading lists, and other materials heavily used by graduate students.

The Modern Authors Collection (XMAC) includes the works of major twentieth century English, American, and Anglophone literary authors. See the list of authors selected by the English Department for this collection. The XMAC collection is shelved separately using its own call number scheme.

Graduate Services also houses a small collection of English and foreign language dictionaries.

Recommendations for additions to the collection by users of Graduate Services are welcome. Please use the Book Purchase Recommendation Form or fill out a card at the desk. Add a note in the Comments section, "For Graduate Services."

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