For a new student, life can be a whirlwind — a flurry of new people, new classes, and new ideas.
It’s a time of excitement, exploration, and, of course, learning.
That’s where the UC Berkeley Library comes in.
To help support your experience as a new student, we’ve gathered some of the things you’ll need to know about the Library all in one place. Watch our Library 101 video, and read about some of what the Library has to offer.
Note: Berkeley’s library buildings may be closed in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the Library is very much open, offering a broad range of services and resources. Learn more here.
The Library at a glance
The UC Berkeley Library is actually made up of 24 libraries.
Moffitt Library, located in the heart of campus, is a hub of undergraduate activity that fosters collaboration and innovation, with spaces to create, study, and even nap.
Doe, located in the shadow of the iconic Campanile (the campus’s beloved clock tower), is home to several libraries and is connected to the vast underground Main Stacks. Morrison Library, known as “the university’s living room,” is a frozen-in-time space within Doe where you can cozy up with a book or magazine or browse a selection of new releases.
Some libraries collect materials devoted to specific fields, from anthropology and art history to music and mathematics. Others, such as the East Asian Library, collect materials in languages from around the world.
That’s a lot of libraries. When are they open?
Hours vary by library. Check here to see when the libraries are open.
How do I check out materials?
Your Cal 1 Card is your library card and lets you borrow library materials.
Use OskiCat, the catalog for our campus libraries, to find and request materials. Don’t have time to rush across campus to pick up a book? OskiCat allows you to request materials for pickup at a library that is convenient for you.
Can’t find what you need in the Library’s collections of more than 13 million volumes? Interlibrary Services can help.
How can I get help with research?
The Library makes it easy for you to get help with your research, no matter what the topic.
Make a 30-minute appointment with a librarian, use our 24/7 chat service, or find a reference desk, where you can get help from an expert.
Where can I study?
Moffitt has 15 group study rooms, and there are over 40 more in libraries across campus.
Search for — and reserve — study rooms here. (If you want to eat while you work, there’s a filter for that.)
Does the Library have jobs for students?
Yes! The Library has a variety of jobs (including Work-Study opportunities). Work hours and locations vary, and there’s a large breadth of opportunities, from to graphic design to digitization to processing foreign language collections. Browse student jobs here.
What other services and perks does the Library offer?
There are too many to list here, but here are a few:
• Streaming video: The Library offers streaming access to tens of thousands of movies and documentaries.
• LinkedIn Learning: This online learning platform offers courses in web development, photography, business, computer programming, and more.
• Free e-books and audiobooks: Read and listen to best-selling works on your computer or device through OverDrive.
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Happy learning, and Fiat Lux!