Morrison Library

Morrison Library opened in 1928 as a traditional library reading room providing a tranquil atmosphere for students to take a break from the rigors of academic life. One of the architectural treasures of the UC Berkeley campus, Morrison Library offers comfortable seating for leisurely reading, and maintains a circulating collection of newly published popular fiction and nonfiction. Morrison also has a limited collection of circulating audiobooks, travel books, and newly published poetry books, as well as subscriptions to several popular magazines.

This library is wheelchair accessible.


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  • Use online tools or connect with a librarian to achieve your research goals. 


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

  • 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. 



Doe Library exterior
Morrison Library
101 Doe Library
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000

This library is wheelchair accessible.

Explore Morrison Library


The Morrison Library is open to the public. Many of its collections can be used inside the room by patrons. A UC Berkeley library card is needed to check out circulating materials.

The Morrison Library is a laptop-free library for patrons who wish to study and read unaccompanied by the noise generated from computer keyboards. Laptops are not allowed in any capacity, but tablets utilized for reading are allowed.


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.



Morrison Library’s non-circulating permanent collection comprises primarily books from the private library of Alexander F. Morrison donated by his wife, Mrs. May Treat Morrison. Other non-circulating collections include works in the Josephine Miles Poetry Alcove; tables highlighting current exhibits at local museums and the idiosyncratic and gloriously designed Bay Area publisher McSweeney's; an eclectic LP collection (phonograph available); and a modest collection of jazz, classical, and popular music on CD (players/headphones available). In addition to books and music, Morrison Library’s gem is its Graphic Arts Loan Collection, a collection of framed, original lithographs, etchings, and woodblock prints available for loan to UC Berkeley students, faculty, and staff.


The Morrison Library may be reserved by groups directly affiliated with UC Berkeley for evening and public events that support the Library’s mission and initiatives.

Morrison Library can accommodate events with:

  • Up to 200 people for a reception
  • Up to 150 people for a lecture

For more details, see
How to host an event at Morrison Library
Morrison Library Reception Layout
Morrison Library Lecture Layout
Morrison Reservation Request Form