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Newspapers & Microforms Library

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.

Note: The Newspapers & Microforms Library is closed due to construction through July 2022. See the Visit tab below for additional information. 

This library is wheelchair accessible.

Hours

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Services

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

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

  • ereserves@lists.berkeley.edu

    Access articles, books, and other course materials placed on reserve by instructors.

  • 510-642-9255 (642-WALK)

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

Contact

Location

Newspapers & Microforms Library
40 Doe Library
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
510-642-2975

This library is wheelchair accessible.

Explore the Newspapers & Microforms Library

Visit

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

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 via this page 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.

Library facilities include:

  • Seating for reading and studying.
  • Nine 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.

Borrow

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 one of UC Berkeley’s libraries, or any UC library. 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.

Newsfilm

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.