The Environmental Design Library was formed in 1964 by the merger of Architecture, Landscape, City and Regional Planning, and Decorative Arts libraries. A branch of the UC Berkeley Library system, the Environmental Design Library supports the research and teaching of the College of Environmental Design. We hold over 210,000 volumes and have access to hundreds of electronic resources. Wurster Hall is located on the southeast side of campus, near the intersection of Bancroft Way and College Avenue. Campus map
Borrow or return books, find course reserves, pick up holds, or place searches on missing materials. Your CalNet ID is your library card. Our student circulation staff can help you with most non-research questions.
Our reference staff are knowledgeable in environmental design literature and resources. See also our extensive topical research guides. Items from our rare book collection may be requested here as well.
Reference books, print indexes, and atlases are located on shelving between the reference desk and the north windows. They are available for you to use in the library. 'Reference Desk' books are located behind the reference desk; ask library staff if you need to access them.
In addition to staffing the reference desk, our reference librarians are available by appointment for one-on-one research consultation. Our librarians are eager to provide library instruction to classes. You can also send us purchase suggestions. The librarians' offices are located opposite the reference and index book stacks.
Our books are arranged by subject according to Library of Congress (LC) call numbes, with extensive holdings in HD, HT, NA, SB and TH. You can find a book's call number by searching the library catalogs.Many older volumes are stored off-campus at the Northern Regional Library Facility (NRLF) in nearby Richmond. You can request these volumes through the library catalog OskiCat.
Larger or oversized books, known as folios, are located on the east side of the exhibit cases. Look for the prefix f (folio) or ff (double folio) in the call numbers listed in the library catalog. These volumes frequently contain plans, drawings, and photography.
Unlike current journals, older journals are organized by Library of Congress (LC) call number. Check library catalogs to find the call number. You may need to roll the compact shelving units to access the section you need. Don't hesitate to ask for help. Oversized (folio) bound journals are located to the far right of the bound journal stacks.
Many older volumes are stored off-campus at the Northern Regional Library Facility (NRLF) in nearby Richmond. You can request these volumes through the library catalog OskiCat.
BookScanners and the Print Release station are located opposite the circulation desk. Printing requires a Cal1Card or Guest Card. Check with the campus Copy Service Centers for details on using these cards.
Use of 11x17" flatbed scanners is free. You'll need a USB drive or writable CD/DVD to store your images.
Behind the Scan & Print Room is a Group Study Room that seats ten people and has a 46" monitor. To use the Group Study Room you must have a Cal1Card and reserve it in advance online.
The Raymond Lifchez and Judith Lee Stronach exhibit cases feature curated displays, highlighting materials from the College of Environmental Design Archives and from our rare book and circulating collection. See our exhibits page for more information.
Study tables are located in the main areas, in alcove windows beside the book stacks, and in the bound periodicals section.