Update: UC Berkeley Library adjusts hours for Thanksgiving week

The UC Berkeley Library is announcing adjusted hours for the week of Thanksgiving after continued air quality issues have led the university to cancel classes.

(Check the hours page for updates.)

The modified hours for Thanksgiving week are as follows:


Doe Library: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (shortened hours)

Most other libraries, including the ones below, are open with normal hours:

Moffitt Library: Open 24 hours
Main Stacks: Closing at 2 a.m.
The Bancroft Library
Bioscience, Natural Resources & Public Health Library
Optometry Library
Chemistry Library
Earth Sciences and Map Library
Music Library
Business Library
Environmental Design Library
Anthropology Library
Social Research Library
East Asian Library
Northern Regional Library Facility (NRLF)

Others will be updated as final decisions are made.


Most libraries are open, but all are closing at 5 p.m. due to the holiday.


Libraries closed for the holiday.


Libraries closed for the holiday.


Libraries closed for the holiday.


Most libraries open normal hours.

Read the 2018 National Book Award Finalists!

You know what’s better than Superbowl predictions or presidential polls? Guessing which book is going to win a National Book Award, of course! Grab a friend or a book club and check this year’s finalists in fiction, translated literature, and poetry:

Happy reading, and don’t forget to check back at the National Book Awards 2018 website to find out the winners!

New Books in Literature

new library acquisitions

While we’ve already featured wonderful new databases, digital collections, and journals for literature, the fantastic new books to the literature collection deserve their own attention. We have something for everyone—whether you’re looking for poetry, prose, or criticism.

Check out the rest of our new acquisitions in literature!

Want a book that we don’t have in the library? Request it here.

The news from CRL

As the member of the CRL, at UC Berkeley Library, we often use the resources that are loanable through the ILL or the digital resources that are available to us through CRL. I am glad to announce that we now have access to the following two important digital resources. One can authenticate using the VPN or EZ proxy to access these from an off-campus location.

I am pleased to report that the CRL has released of a new digital collection, the Mexican Intelligence Digital Archives (MIDAS). The collection will be hosted in cooperation with Northwestern University, El Colegio de México, and Artículo 19. MIDAS is an open-access online database of historical documents drawn from Mexican intelligence agencies. And the second is that of the digital version of the El Libertador: órgano del Frente Popular Libertador from Guatemala.

One can access the Mexican Intelligence Digital Archives (MIDAS) by clicking on the icon below provided one has authenticated using the UC Berkeley’s Proxy or VPN if accessing from a off-campus location.


Library tours, August 21 – 28

Library tours August 2018

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 8/21: 2-3 pm
Wednesday 8/22: 10-11am and 2-3pm
Thursday 8/23: 10-11am and 2-3pm
Friday 8/24: 10-11am and 2-3pm
Monday 8/27: 10-11am and 2-3pm
Tuesday 8/28: 10-11am and 2-3pm

Graphic Novels from Belgium, France, Italy, Portugal and Spain

Jacques Prévert n'est pas un poète
Jacques Prévert n’est pas un poète by Bourhis Cailleaux. Marcinelle : Dupuis, 2017.

Here’s a fairly complete list of most of the graphic novels acquired by the Library in the romance languages from southern Europe over the past two years. Some are critical or reference works, and a few English translations have been included as well.

List continues on the library research guide for European Comics & Graphic Novels—>

Fun by Paolo Bacilieri
Fun by Paolo Bacilieri. Bologna : Coconino Press, 2014.

Select new books from Colombia and Cuba-Summer 2018

I wanted to present our readers with some selected images of the new books that came in today from Colombia and Cuba. I will leave up to the readers to browse through the albums and enjoy what we are collecting for our general collections in these two countries. Both countries and their publishing represent distinct trajectories and historical circumstances and it can be seen in the images of the books that we purchase. While the editorial and censorial works that happen in some countries cannot be represented in their full capacities, as an academic librarian, I usually collect the books that would be of interest to our students, faculty and visiting scholars. The library and its collections cannot be an archive of sorts. However, the contemporary library collections can purvey the anticipated needs of its users.

Please click on the title of each country or on the icons after the name of the countries.



Summer reading: Barkskins

Barkskins book cover

Annie Proulx

Though it’s very long, I count it as inspirational in many ways. She inspires the reader to think about the research (the love of historical archival work and stories of the past, the enjoyment of discovery, a fascination with the lives of other people) involved in writing this kind of historical novel. She also leaves us with something like an obsession with trees, branches and leaves, and massive tree trunks and a longing for woods and forests. Though it’s partly a story of the ecological devastation of the forests of North America, it’s also a story of hope that we today will do some healing. It is also an honest and delicate exploration of relations between European settlers and Native American groups.

This book is part of the 2017 Berkeley Summer Reading List. Stay tuned for more weekly posts!

Summer reading: Climate Changed

Climate Changed book cover

Climate Changed: A Personal Journey through the Science
Philippe Squarzoni

Squarzoni’s graphic memoir recounts his experience in coming to understand the immensity of our changing climate. While he was finishing a previous book about politics, he realized he didn’t know much about climate change, and thus he started to investigate. That investigation led him to a whole new book, one he felt he had to write. Not only does the book inform readers of these enormous changes, it also illustrates how it is we come to understand new and life-altering ideas. One of my students said after reading Squarzoni’s memoir that she felt “changed.” Squarzoni provides no easy answers, but he does open our eyes to some of the most pressing concerns of our day.

This book is part of the 2017 Berkeley Summer Reading List. Stay tuned for more weekly posts!

Summer reading: Euphoria

Euphoria book cover

Lily King

This 2014 novel is based in part on the life of the famed/notorious anthropologist Margaret Mead. Set in New Guinea in the 1930s, this narrative full of danger and desire is propelled forward by the thrill — and the risks — of seeking out new knowledge. A reviewer wrote in the New York Times, “King’s signal achievement may be to have created satisfying drama out of a quest for interpretive insight.”

This book is part of the 2017 Berkeley Summer Reading List. Stay tuned for more weekly posts!