Newspapers & Microforms Library

The Newspapers & Microforms Library is home to the UC Berkeley Library’s principal collections of newspapers, with active newsprint subscriptions and hundreds of titles archived on microfilm. The library also holds robust collections of microforms (microfilm, microfiche, and micro-opaque formats), including books, manuscripts, documents, and serials of significant academic and journalistic value.

This library is wheelchair accessible.

Hours

Jun 16 - Jun 22
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Services

  • Use online tools or connect with a librarian to achieve your research goals. 

  • The UC Berkeley Library provides special assistance to Library users with disabilities as they engage with the Library and its resources.

  • Learn how to access or place textbooks and other materials on digital course reserves.

  • 510-642-9255 (642-WALK)

    Arrange free night-safety services, including a walking escort to get you home safely. 

Contact

Location

Doe Library exterior
Newspapers & Microforms Library
40 Doe Library
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
510-642-2975

This library is wheelchair accessible.

Explore the Newspapers & Microforms Library

Visit

Access to materials at the Newspapers & Microforms Library is open to the public from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Doe Library, Room 40. If you need help finding any specific titles or materials, our staff is available at the service desk to assist you. The service desk closes at 3:45 p.m., 15 minutes before closing time. If you have any questions prior to your visit, please contact the Newspapers & Microforms Library at pericirc@library.berkeley.edu. We will reply to you within two business days. For further questions, please contact Paul Lynch, head of the Newspapers & Microforms Library.

During normal operations, physical access to this library is open to all researchers and visitors without requirement of any identification, registration, pass, or prior arrangements. Certain services, collections, equipment, or rooms within this library may be available only to certain groups of UC Berkeley students, faculty, and staff. Please inquire at the service desk for further details.

Borrow

The UC Berkeley Library’s collections are rich and bountiful — and they’re waiting to be explored by members of the UC Berkeley community and knowledge-seekers everywhere. Use UC Library Search, the University of California’s all-in-one-platform for discovery, to find books, journals, articles, and more, and check them out at libraries across the Berkeley campus and at other UC schools. Learn more about borrowing Library materials.

Collection spotlight

Newspapers received on the issue date:

  • New York Times
  • San Francisco Chronicle
  • East Bay Express
  • Daily Californian

Some newspapers are received in newsprint within one to eight weeks after publication.

All newsprint newspapers are for room use only.

Newsfilm

The newsfilm collection includes international, national, and local newspapers, archival and current. Current titles are usually received about three months after publication.This collection is arranged geographically in two sections:

  • United States, alphabetically by state, then by city, then by title.
  • International, by country, city, and title.

Government document microfiche

  • U.S. and foreign governmental documents (including patents)
  • Federal Register
  • United Nations microfiche

Notable monographs and serials

  • English Short Title Catalog (STC), 1475-1641 and 1641-1745
  • Selected National Archives and Records Administration sets
  • Four Centuries of Spanish Drama
  • Three Centuries of Early American Plays

Notable microfilm collections

  • Historical California Newspapers
  • Underground Newspaper Collections
  • Papers of the NAACP
  • Selected National Archives and Records Administration sets

Indexes and microform guides

Print indexes for selected newspapers are available, and there is a substantial collection of printed guides to individual microfilm/fiche/opaque sets.