UC Berkeley Library

UC Berkeley’s library buildings are open. Here’s what you need to know.

Using the Library during COVID-19

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

Reading Room

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NRLF Reading Room

  • NRLF and the Reading Room are open 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, except University holidays.
  • Library users visiting the facility may use the material onsite or, depending on their library privileges, may borrow material directly from NRLF.
  • NRLF does not have playback equipment (VHS, DVD, CD, phonodisc, cassette player).
  • University of California (Berkeley) faculty, staff, and students may check out unrestricted items directly from NRLF.
  • Members of the general public must obtain a valid Berkeley library privilege card prior to visiting NRLF if they wish to borrow material. NRLF does not require a valid library card for one-time or occasional onsite use of material, but asks for a valid library card if research needs result in more frequent access to material.
  • Users wishing to check out and/or use material at the facility are encouraged to request the material via UC Library Search, telephone, or e-mail at least a day in advance of their expected visit; material will be ready for use upon their arrival. For same-day requests, please allow up to two hours (up to five items per day) for the requested item(s) to be available for use.
  • Printing, scanning and copying:
    • 1 microform reader/printer
    • 1 microform scanner with software to scan to a USB flash drive
    • Photocopies are 5 cents per page
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