Welcome to the UC Berkeley Library! Here’s what you need to know.

Doe Library and the Campanile
UC Berkeley has 24 libraries, welcoming students of any discipline. (Photo by Jami Smith for the UC Berkeley Library)

For an incoming student, life can be a whirlwind — a flurry of new people, new classes, and new ideas.

But through it all, the UC Berkeley Library is here for you.

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.

The Library at a glance

The UC Berkeley Library is actually made up of 24 libraries — and you are welcome at all of them.

Moffitt Library, located in the heart of campus, is a hub for undergraduates 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 specialty 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.

On the eastern side of Doe, The Bancroft Library, Berkeley’s main special collections library, holds many one-of-a-kind treasures, including rich documentation of the West.

Some of Berkeley’s libraries collect materials devoted to specific fields, from anthropology and astronomy to music and mathematics. Others, such as the C. V. Starr East Asian Library, collect materials in languages from around the world.

See the libraries’ hours and a map of the campus’s libraries.

Students fill the window seats at Moffitt Library last year.
Students fill the window seats at Moffitt Library. (Photo by J. Pierre Carrillo for the UC Berkeley Library)

How do I check out materials?

Your Cal 1 Card is your library card and lets you borrow library materials.

UC Library Search is your gateway to collections at Berkeley — and beyond. Use UC Library Search to find and request books, articles, and more. (Need help? Check out this handy guide.)

Believe it or not, undergraduate students can have a total of 100 items checked out at a time, and grad students and postdocs can check out 200 items.

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.

Use our 24/7 chat service, reach out via email, or make a 30-minute appointment with a librarian. You can also schedule a consultation with a subject librarian (see a list here) by email or through the appointment link.

Does the Library have jobs for students?

Yes. The Library has a variety of employment opportunities for students. Work hours and locations vary. Browse student jobs here.

Student worker in stacks
Student employee Connor Brady shelves books in Main Stacks. (Photo by Cade Johnson for the UC Berkeley Library)

What other services and perks does the Library offer?

There are too many to list here, but the offerings that are available to you for free include:

  • 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.
  • E-books and audiobooks: Read and listen to best-selling works on your computer or device through OverDrive.
  • Art for your apartment (or dorm): Through the Graphic Arts Loan Collection, or GALC, Berkeley students, faculty, and staff can check out and take home stunning framed artworks, including original lithographs, etchings, and woodblock prints. GALC will be closed during the fall 2021 semester, with plans to start circulating art in time for the spring 2022 semester, as conditions allow.

Keep in touch Keep up with the Library on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Tag and mention us in your posts, and reach out if you have any questions — or just to say hello. Check here for the latest updates from the Library during the pandemic.

Stay safe, happy learning, and Fiat Lux!