Bioscience, Natural Resources & Public Health Library

The Marian Koshland Bioscience, Natural Resources & Public Health Library supports the research, teaching, and learning needs of the UC Berkeley community, particularly the Division of Biological Sciences, College of Natural Resources, School of Public Health, and School of Optometry, through its extensive digital collections, print collections, and services. Members of the public are also welcome to visit and use the collections.

This library is wheelchair accessible.


Circulation services end 15 minutes prior to closing

Jun 9 - Jun 15
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    Use online tools or connect with a librarian to achieve your research goals.

  • 510-642-2531

    Check out and return books, pick up paged materials, or get help searching for an item.

  • The UC Berkeley Library provides special assistance to Library users with disabilities as they engage with the Library and its resources. 

  • Request journal articles and conference papers that you need in a hurry.

  • Make use of the printing and scanning options available at most library locations.

  • Learn how to access or place textbooks and other materials on digital course reserves.

  • 510-642-9255 (642-WALK)

    Arrange free night-safety services, including a walking escort to get you home safely.



Bioscience Library exterior
Marian Koshland Bioscience, Natural Resources & Public Health Library
2101 Valley Life Sciences Building
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-6500

This library is wheelchair accessible.

Explore the Bioscience, Natural Resources & Public Health Library


This Bioscience, Natural Resources & Public Health Library is open to all researchers and visitors, with no identification, registration, pass, or prior arrangements required. Certain services, collections, equipment, or rooms may be available only to certain groups of UC Berkeley students, faculty, and staff. Please inquire at the Circulation Desk for further details.


The UC Berkeley Library’s collections are rich and bountiful — and they’re waiting to be explored by members of the UC Berkeley community and knowledge-seekers everywhere. Use UC Library Search, the University of California’s all-in-one-platform for discovery, to find books, journals, articles, and more, and check them out at libraries across the Berkeley campus and at other UC schools. Learn more about borrowing Library materials.


The staff and collections of the Bioscience, Natural Resources & Public Health Library support research, teaching, and learning in all fields related to the life sciences, natural resources, and the health sciences. The collection includes materials in agriculture, bioinformatics, botany, biostatistics, communicable diseases, community health, ecology, environmental science, environmental health, entomology, epidemiology, evolution, forestry, genetics, health administration, international health, maternal and child health, molecular and cell biology, neuroscience, nutrition and food science, nutrition in health and disease, occupational health, optometry, physiology, plant pathology, soil science, toxicology, vision science, and zoology.

The library also has a number of collections that are considered special and/or rare. Examples: a cookbook collection that includes many rare cookbooks; an extensive collection of works by Charles Darwin; materials related to a survey of California vegetation in the 1920s and 1930s (Wieslander VTM survey); and a large collection of early 1900s forestry-related photographs primarily taken by Emanuel Fritz and Woodbridge Metcalf. Information on these and other special collections, including how to access them, is found in the Special Collections Guide.


Sciences librarians offer a wide variety of tailored instruction sessions for students, faculty, and staff.

Workshops include topics such as:

  • writing and citing tools such as Overleaf and Zotero.
  • identifying and using geographic information system (GIS) and mapping tools.
  • finding, reusing, organizing, and describing data.
  • data analysis and visualization tools.
  • planning literature reviews.
  • writing and publishing scientific papers.

Course-integrated instruction: Faculty and instructors can also request course-integrated instruction in support of an assignment or project. A librarian can meet with students during a class or discussion section, in person or on Zoom, to teach one or more sessions on searching, evaluating, saving, and organizing science information sources, as well as other topics.

For more information about our workshops and instruction sessions, please visit the Events & Instruction from the Sciences Libraries guide or contact us.