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Newspapers & Microforms Library

Feb 24 - Mar 2



The Newspapers & Microforms Library is closed due to construction through July 2022.

If you would like to make a request to use the collection, it may be possible for Library staff to page items for you. To make a request, please contact reference services at ucberkeley.libanswers.com and include as much information as possible (especially from our catalog, UC Library Search) about the collection or item that you would like to view. We will reply to you about your request, generally within a couple of business days. Items we are able to page will be placed at the Doe Circulation Desk; they can be viewed at microform readers nearby. For further questions, please contact Paul Lynch, head of the Newspapers & Microforms Library, at plynch@library.berkeley.edu.

Newspapers & Microforms contains the Library's principal collections of:

  • Newspapers, with over 100 active newsprint subscriptions, and over 900 titles archived on microfilm.
  • Microforms (microfilm, microfiche, and micro-opaque formats, including 950,000 books, manuscripts, documents, and serials of significant academic and journalistic value).

Newspapers received on the issue date:

  • New York Times
  • San Francisco Chronicle
  • East Bay Express
  • Daily Californian

Some newspapers are received in newsprint within 1 to 8 weeks after publication.

All newsprint newspapers are for room use only.


The newsfilm collection includes international, national and local newspapers, archival and current. Current titles are usually received about 3 months after publication.This collection is arranged geographically in two sections:

  • United States alphabetically by state, then by city, then by title
  • International by country, city and title
Government Document Microfiche:
  • U.S. and foreign governmental documents (including patents)
  • Federal Register
  • United Nations microfiche
Notable Monographs and Serials:
  • English Short Title Catalog (STC), 1475-1641 and 1641-1745
  • Selected National Archives and Records Administration sets
  • Four Centuries of Spanish Drama
  • Three Centuries of Early American Plays
Notable Microfilm Collections:
  • Historical California Newspapers
  • Underground Newspaper Collections
  • Papers of the NAACP
  • Selected National Archives and Records Administration sets.
Indexes and Microform Guides:

Print indexes for selected newspapers are available, and there is a substantial collection of printed guides to individual microfilm/fiche/opaque sets.

Facilities include:
  • Seating for reading and studying
  • 9 microform reader-scanners, including software for scanning to a USB flash drive, or printing
  • Networked computer workstations for library research and Internet access
  • eduroam wireless connectivity
  • Printer/Scanner
  • It is recommended that patrons bring a USB drive for scanning.

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