What’s your Berkeley Effect?

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The butterfly effect explains change. The Berkeley Effect changes the world. If a butterfly flapping its wings in Brazil can cause a tornado in Texas, then surely the generous hearts, good deeds, and great leaps of UC Berkeley can spark positive change all over the globe. On Thursday, November 17, you can be that change by helping the University Library make the world a better place during Big Give — our third annual online fundraising blitz.

Visit biggive.berkeley.edu to show the world what effect the University Library has had on you, and how it has helped you to create, innovate, and succeed in the way only Bears like you can. During Big Give (on Nov. 17), we invite you to join thousands of alumni, students, parents, and friends in showing your passion for the University Library!

The Big Give officially kicks off at 9 p.m. PST on Wednesday, November 16 to 9 p.m. PST on Thursday, November 17, 2016.


  • Making a gift in support of the University Library at biggive.berkeley.edu on November 17. Every gift counts and makes a difference!
  • Show your Cal spirit throughout the day and help the University Library win prizes in Social Media contests! Print the butterfly – heart template and write the effect the University Library has had on you. Post your photo on Instagram or Twitter on November 17 using hash tags #CalBigGive and #ucberkeleylib so they are eligible for contests on November 17.