The Bancroft Library welcomes researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, from California, and from around the world. We are a non-circulating library, so all materials must be consulted in the Heller Reading Room. Bancroft materials are unique or rare, and some are in fragile condition. Researchers must handle all materials with care, to avoid loss or damage, and follow these conditions of use, which are designed to protect Bancroft collections while providing the best possible access to our researchers. The Aeon online registration form constitutes an agreement by the researcher to comply with the Library's stated policies for use of its materials.
Bancroft staff are available to answer questions about our procedures and to otherwise assist researchers. For further information, please contact us.
1. Bancroft Library collections are non-circulating. The Reading Room is reserved for the use of Bancroft materials only.
2. No ink may be used in the Reading Room. Pencils are available in the Reading Room. Computers, tablets, and phones (turned to silent mode) may be used.
3. Containers are not permitted in the Reading Room. Researchers may bring one notebook, one binder, or one pad of paper—all without loose sheets or pockets—or up to three sheets of loose paper. Property passes for materials carried into the Reading Room are available at the Security Desk—please ask Security staff. Personal belongings, including coats and umbrellas, must be stored in the lockers—operated by a refundable quarter.
4. All personal items taken out of the Reading Room must be submitted for inspection at the Registration Desk and Security Desk upon departure. This includes opening laptop computers.
5. Cameras are permitted under the conditions listed below. Scanners are not permitted.
6. Eating, drinking, chewing gum, and smoking are prohibited.
7. Researchers are expected to abide by the Library Code of Conduct. The Bancroft Library is under camera surveillance.
1. Only materials needed for research may be taken into the Reading Room. Please leave all other personal items in lockers located near Bancroft’s entrance. Our lockers are coin-operated—they accept quarters, which are refunded when you retrieve your belongings.
2. All items taken into and out of the Reading Room must be submitted for inspection both at the Security Desk and at the Registration Desk. Laptops must be opened for inspection.
3. Researchers are welcome to use laptop computers, tablets, and similar computing devices, as well as tape recorders and personal cameras, but please note that scanners are not permitted.
4. Researchers may bring the following paper items inside:
5. Containers are not permitted. All folders, binders, envelopes, boxes, cases, bags, and other containers must be stored in the lockers. Wallets are permitted if they do not exceed 5x4 inches.
6. Outerwear (including jackets and coats) and umbrellas must be stored in the lockers.
1. The Registration Desk will issue researchers a Daily Reader Card once signed in for the day. Be sure to print your name on the card and present the card at the Registration Desk each time you re-enter the Reading Room. At the end of the day, the Registration Desk will collect the card.
2. All Bancroft materials must remain on the surface of the table. Reading Room staff will provide book cradles, book weights (“snakes”) to hold pages open, and/or gloves, when appropriate. When in doubt about proper handling, please consult Reading Room staff. We are happy to help.
3. Never mark, erase, or alter Bancroft materials. Always leave them as you found them.
4. Archival documents and other loose material require special care. Please maintain the order and arrangement in which you find them. If you suspect a problem, please alert the Reference Desk.
5. Only one folder from a box of archival materials may be removed at one time. Place the Out Card at the location from which you removed the folder.
6. Do not hold books open with anything other than book snakes. Snakes are available at the Circulation Desk. Never lean on Bancroft materials.
7. Be sure to return all materials to the Circulation Desk 15 minutes before closing time.
1. All photographs must be for personal research use only. Photographs taken in the Reading Room may not be published, posted online, donated or sold to another repository, or exhibited. Researchers interested in acquiring high-resolution, publishable images can learn more about options under Duplication Services.
2. Researchers are responsible for complying with copyright law. You agree to indemnify and hold harmless The Bancroft Library, its agents, and employees, against all claims, demands, costs, and expenses incurred by copyright infringement or any other legal or regulatory cause of action arising from the use of these photographs.
3. Hand-held cameras and cell phones (in airplane mode) may be used. No scanners, laptop cameras, or ancillary devices may be used, including tripods, video cameras, camera bags, flash functionality or lights, copy stands, extension cords, audio components, stools.
4. Handle all materials with care. Material may not be held up by hand and must remain on the table or appropriate book cradles. Reading Room staff may assist in positioning the item such that it is fully supported. Furniture may not be rearranged. Patrons may not stand on chairs or tables.
5. Only photograph collection items. Do not photograph Library staff, the Reading Room, or other researchers. Take care not to disturb others.
6. Include a completed citation flag in the frame of each photograph.
Handling Containers (Boxes and Cartons)
Handling Bound Volumes
Handling Pictorial Materials
The Bancroft Library is committed to making our digital collections available for private study, scholarship, teaching, and research.
Some materials in Bancroft collections may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) and/or restricted by terms of University of California gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing, and trademarks. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owner. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
The Library retains high resolution digital files for most online collections. For information about obtaining reproductions of Bancroft materials, please visit the Duplication Services page. If you are interested in commercial use or publication of our collection materials, please visit our Rights and Permissions page for further information.
We are dedicated to protecting the rights of creators and copyright holders, and are always interested in learning more about the materials in Bancroft collections. If you have specific information about collections posted by The Bancroft Library, please contact us at email@example.com.
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