Newspapers & Microforms Library

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The Newspapers & Microforms Library is home to the UC Berkeley Library’s principal collections of newspapers, with more than 100 active newsprint subscriptions, and over 900 titles archived on microfilm. The library also holds robust collections of microforms (microfilm, microfiche, and micro-opaque formats), including 950,000 books, manuscripts, documents, and serials of significant academic and journalistic value.

This library is wheelchair accessible.


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Newspapers & Microforms Library
40 Doe Library
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000

This library is wheelchair accessible.

Explore the Newspapers & Microforms Library


The Newspapers & Microforms Library provides collection assistance by appointment.

If you would like to make a request to use the collection, library staff will page items for you. To make a request, please contact the Newspapers & Microforms Library at 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.

During normal operations, physical access to this library is open to all researchers and visitors without requirement of any identification, registration, pass, or prior arrangements. Certain services, collections, equipment, or rooms within this library 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.

Collection spotlight

Newspapers received on the issue date:

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

Some newspapers are received in newsprint within one to eight 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 three 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.