Deadline for Library Prize for Undergraduate Research coming up soon!

We are accepting submissions for the Charlene Conrad Liebau Library Prize for Undergraduate Research now until April 18 at 5 p.m. Undergraduate students of all levels and disciplines may apply. We especially welcome submissions from lower division students, whose projects are judged separately from those of the upper division. More details are available on the website.

Works in progress are eligible. Submissions are open to research projects from a UC Berkeley course in one of the following terms:

  • Lower division: Spring 2018, Summer 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019
  • Upper division: Summer 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019


March 7: Lunch Poems with Tarfia Faizullah

Tarfia FaizullahThursday, March 7
12:10 p.m. – 12:50 p.m.
Morrison Library in Doe Library
Admission Free

Tarfia Faizullah is the author of REGISTERS OF ILLUMINATED VILLAGES (Graywolf Press, 2018), and SEAM (Southern Illinois University Press, 2014), winner of a VIDA Award, a GLCA New Writers’ Award, a Milton Kessler First Book Award, Drake University Emerging Writer Award, and other honors. Her poems are published widely in periodicals and anthologies both in the United States and abroad, including Poetry MagazineGuernicaTin House, and The Nation, are translated into Persian, Chinese, Bengali, Tamil, and Spanish, and have been featured at the Smithsonian, the Rubin Museum of Art, and elsewhere. In 2016 she was recognized by Harvard Law School as one of 50 Women Inspiring Change. In Fall 2018, she will join the School of the Art Institute of Chicago as a Visiting Writer in Residence.


Movies @ Moffitt: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart

Lorraine Hansberry

Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart
A film by Tracy Heather Strain

Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Doors @ 6:30pm, show @ 7:00pm
405 Moffitt Library
Free; open to UCB students only (UCB student ID required)

Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart is the first-ever feature documentary about Lorraine Hansberry, the visionary playwright who authored the groundbreaking A Raisin in the Sun. An overnight sensation, the play transformed the American theater and has long been considered a classic, yet the remarkable story of the playwright faded from view. With this documentary, filmmaker Tracy Heather Strain resurrects the Lorraine Hansberry we have forgotten—a passionate artist, committed activist and sought-after public intellectual who waged an outspoken and defiant battle against injustice in 20th-century America. The film reveals Hansberry’s prescient works tackling race, human rights, women’s equality and sexuality that anticipated social and political movements on the horizon. Lorraine Hansberry lived much of her 34 years guided by a deep sense of responsibility to others, proclaiming: “One cannot live with sighted eyes and feeling heart and not know or react to the miseries which afflict this world.”

View the trailer and visit the website.


Book Talk: How to Change Your Mind

Michael PollanTuesday, March 5
5 – 6 p.m.

Morrison Library
101 Doe Library
UC Berkeley

In his latest book, How to Change Your Mind, Michael Pollan turns his focus to psychedelics — LSD, psilocybin mushrooms, and the like — exploring their history, use, and potential to help people not only transcend, but also treat conditions from addiction to anxiety. Pollan will join Dacher Keltner, a professor of psychology at UC Berkeley and founder of the Greater Good Science Center, for a conversation about the book. Copies will be available to purchase from Pegasus Books. The event is free. Registration is necessary to be assured of a seat.


Movies @ Moffitt: Kedi

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Kedi
A film by Ceyda Torun

Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Doors @ 6:30pm, show @ 7:00pm
405 Moffitt Library
Free; open to UCB students only (UCB student ID required)

Hundreds of thousands of Turkish cats roam the metropolis of Istanbul freely. For thousands of years they’ve wandered in and out of people’s lives, becoming an essential part of the communities that make the city so rich. Claiming no owners, the cats of Istanbul live between two worlds, neither wild nor tame — and they bring joy and purpose to those people they choose to adopt. In Istanbul, cats are the mirrors to the people, allowing them to reflect on their lives in ways nothing else could.

Critics and internet cats agree — this cat documentary will charm its way into your heart and home as you fall in love with the cats in Istanbul.

Watch the trailer and visit the website.


February 7: Lunch poems with Ari Banias

Ari BaniasThursday, February 7
12:10 p.m. – 12:50 p.m.
Morrison Library in Doe Library
Admission Free

Ari Banias is the author of Anybody (W.W. Norton, 2016), which was named a finalist for the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the PEN Center USA Literary Award. His poems have appeared in various journals, in Troubling The Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics, and as part of the MOTHA exhibitionTransgender Hirstory in 99 Objects. He is the recipient of fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, and Stanford University’s Wallace Stegner program. Ari lives in Berkeley, teaches poetry, and works with small press books.


February 5: Art For Your Apartment

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Tuesday, February 5
5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Morrison Library

The best way to appreciate art is to live with it!

Come see and learn about the Graphic Arts Loan Collection. This is framed art prints you can bring home and hang on your wall for the school year.

Event takes place in the historic Morrison Room (housed within the Doe Library). A brief presentation will be followed by ample time to browse representative works and initiate the borrowing process.

Prints comprise a survey of movements and artists – from Impressionism to Cubism, and from Rembrandt to Miro.


Media Resources Center offering limited services during closure for flood repairs

UC Berkeley’s Media Resources Center is offering limited services during its closure for flood repairs.

While the Media Resources Center — or MRC, located on the first floor of Moffitt Library — is closed, it will offer temporary services out of the Newspapers & Microforms Library, in Doe Library, through at least Feb. 15.

UC Berkeley students, faculty, and staff will need to arrange access to MRC items in advance by emailing avmccirc@library.berkeley.edu. Requests will take one business day to fulfill. In some cases, streaming versions may be available immediately. (For details, check the streaming guide.)

MRC is the UC Berkeley Library’s primary collection of audiovisual materials, including DVDs, CDs, and streamed audio and video.

Flooding, caused by heavy rains, forced the evacuation and closure of Moffitt’s first floor in late November. Moffitt’s remaining floors were unaffected.


Library tours, January 22 – 24

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Join other students and get your bearings with a 3-in-one tour of the Doe Memorial Library, Moffitt Undergraduate Library, and the Main Stacks. See these central libraries and learn about the student services they provide. Tour starts at the north entrance of Doe Library.

Tour dates and times:

Tuesday 1/22: 10-11am & 2-3pm
Thursday 1/23: 2-3pm
Friday 1/24: 2-3pm


Update: Moffitt Library’s first floor reopened after flooding

Moffitt Librarys first floor has reopened after flooding forced it to close last week.

The library will be open for studying for RRR week and finals, although working electrical outlets will be in short supply.

The flooding, brought on by heavy rains, had forced an evacuation of Moffitts first floor last week and caused classes held on that floor to be relocated.

Stay tuned for updates.