Over 200 students “escape” the Earth Sciences and Map Library

For the third year in a row, we challenged undergraduates in Earth & Planetary Sciences and Geography courses to “escape” from the library by answering a series of questions related to the library’s platforms and services. 

Over 200 students participated this year from September 1 – 30, 2023. At the conclusion of the contest, five winners were randomly drawn from eligible entries to receive prizes.

screenshot of Earth Sciences & Map Library virtual escape room starting page
Starting page of Earth Sciences & Map Library virtual escape room

Try it!

Reading about something is never the same as a hands-on experience.  The room remains open for visitors at the following link:


The Escape Room is restricted to UC Berkeley affiliated students, staff and faculty. A “berkeley.edu” email address is required to participate.


Read about the creation of the 2021 Escape Room in this blog written by a member of the Earth Sciences & Map Library staff.

Library reading room with desks, chairs, computers, and books.
Reading Room at the Earth Sciences & Map Library

Updates & Audience

The 2023 Virtual Escape Room continues prior year’s Stranger Things theme with relevant updates to reflect changes in the library catalog as well as staffing and hours updates.

Room with a large table, television, and globes shelved in the back wall.
Seminar Room at the Earth Sciences & Map Library

The Escape Room is open to all, but targets undergraduates taking EPS and Geography courses. In order to encourage camaraderie among departments housed within McCone Hall, affiliated students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to participate in the Escape Room’s simultaneous Battle of McCone competition. The main majors–Earth and Planetary Sciences and Geography–with the highest number of players will earn bragging rights as the winner of the friendly competition!

Room with chairs, sofas, and lamps. There are stacks that contain books and along the walls are framed maps.
Lounge area at the Earth Sciences & Map Library


We welcome questions and comments about the Earth Sciences & Map Library Virtual Escape Room. Email eart@library.berkeley.edu.