Where Research Begins
Berkeley's excellence is founded on its Library. From a collection of one thousand books in 1868—the year the University of California was established—the Library has grown into one of the world's great research collections, with over ten million volumes. It is ranked as the top public research university library in the country.
From the stately Doe Library, designed by John Galen Howard at the turn of the century, to the C.V. East Asian Library, the first freestanding library in the U.S. constructed specifically for an East Asian collection, Berkeley's libraries embody our dedication to scholarship and research.
About the Libraries
Here is a brief overview of just a few of our extensive network of Library buildings and collections:
The Bancroft Library. One of the largest and most heavily used libraries of manuscripts, rare books, and unique materials in the United States, Bancroft supports major research and instructional activities and plays a leading role in the development of the University's research collections. Bancroft's holdings include:
- more than 600,000 volumes
- 60,000,000 manuscript items
- 8,000,000 photographs/pictorial materials
- 43,000 microforms
- 23,000 maps
Doe & Moffitt Libraries. The principal libraries for more than fifty academic departments and programs, the Doe & Moffitt Libraries offer several unique spots for visitors and academics alike:
- the North and Heyns Reading Rooms on the second floor
- the Morrison Library, near the north entrance
- the Bernice Layne Brown exhibit gallery
- the History Gallery
The Kresge Engineering Library. The services and collection of the Kresge Engineering Library, at 110 Bechtel Engineering Center, support the research and teaching programs of the College of Engineering. The Engineering Library collects electronic and print materials for research and study in the core subject areas of bioengineering, civil engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, environmental engineering, industrial engineering, materials science and engineering, mechanical engineering, offshore engineering, operations research, and nuclear engineering.
Other campus library collections that support specialized areas within engineering are:
- Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Library
- Institute of Transportation Studies Library
- NISEE/PEER Library (Earthquake Engineering)