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Get started on your research by familiarizing yourself with the UC Berkeley library system. See below for quick links to where libraries are on campus, hours, and more.
Linda Tuhiwai Smith, Maori scholar, writes that "research is probably one of the dirtiest words in the indigenous world's vocabulary" (Decolonizing Methodologies). Historically, academic research has been based on exploitation of indigenous communities. Part of getting started is being intentional about the goals, ethics, and process of your research -- What are you hoping to achieve? How will you collect information and work with communities? Do you have insider or outsider perspectives on the issues you are studying (or both)? How will you share the results of your research?
The Research Justice Toolkit, created by the Data Center, may be a place to start to think about social justice-oriented research.
Read an introduction to the campus libraries for undergraduates.
Set up your computer for off campus access to library databases.
Need a map of the campus libraries?
Each library has its own hours. Click on the calendar for each library to view a month at a time.
Introduction to citing sources and citation management software.
The Ethnic Studies Library is open to the public -- community members may use our facilities and archives. There is wi-fi access for visitors. For access to books, see information below on library cards for non-UCB patrons. We also have a book scanner where pdfs can be created. We also have six public access computers with access to selected UC Berkeley library databases for journals, articles, newspapers, and more. For questions, please email@example.com.
There are a variety of options (both free and fee-based) for obtaining Library borrowing privileges based on your academic affiliation. Please review application details at the bottom of this page for further details on obtaining your card.
Your LBNL photo ID card serves as your library card for borrowing materials and for access to the Main (Gardner) Stacks.
Privileges Desk staff are responsible for determining eligibility and coverage for:
Contact the Privileges Desk, Doe Library, Floor 1 for more information.
Bring your original library card, a current California driver's license or California state ID card, and payment (if required) to the Privileges Desk, Doe Library, Floor 1 during business hours to renew your borrowing privileges. Some extra documentation is required for specific cohorts of borrowers:
If your affiliation was not listed above and/or you have questions regarding documentation requirements, please contact the Privileges Desk in advance of your visit.