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A guide to the special collections at the Bioscience, Natural Resources & Public Health Library

Bioscience, Natural Resources & Public Health Library: Special Collections

The Marian Koshland Bioscience, Natural Resources & Public Health Library at the University of California, Berkeley has a number of collections that are considered special and/or rare. For many of the collections, access requires an appointment with a librarian from the Bioscience Library.

This guide provides information on the following collections and how to gain access to them:

Harmful, offensive, or discredited library materials

The Bioscience, Natural Resources & Public Health Library acknowledges the existence of discredited and harmful content in physical and electronic materials included in its collection. Some materials may contain language or images that users find inappropriate, offensive, or harmful; may reflect outdated, biased, and offensive views and opinions; or may contain information derived through harmful and abhorrent actions. Such language, views, and methods are inconsistent with the Library’s commitment to creating an inclusive, open, accessible, and anti-racist learning community. Scientific understanding evolves over time, through critical analysis of new information and scrutiny of past work. Historical items have been retained to preserve the completeness of the scientific record.

We also acknowledge that the language used to describe some materials in databases and library catalogs can also be outdated and offensive. The University Library and other institutions are advocating for changes and taking steps wherever we can to remediate this language.

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