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Strengthening the Research Collections

Berkeley’s world-class education and research depend on the ready access offered by the Library to a comprehensive record of human knowledge, together with the latest discoveries in every field of learning.

From rare and precious manuscripts to thousands of titles used in day-to-day research, the University Library’s collections support students and faculty in Berkeley’s academic departments and programs. The holdings range from core collections housed in Doe and Moffitt to specialized research materials in our fourteen subject specialty libraries. Just as Berkeley’s academic programs consistently rank at the top among their peers worldwide, the Library's collections that support those departments are internationally renowned for their depth and breadth.

The University Library is seeking private support to maintain the excellence of its collections. The cost of building these collections has increased dramatically, due to spiraling book and journal costs, as well as to the declining value of the dollar. It is due, as well, to a burgeoning of new information - a dramatic rise in the number and specialization of journals, the availability of full text and searchable electronic versions of items previously held only in print, and the emergence of new genres of digital content.

Maintaining the comprehensive scope and excellence of the Library collections is a major priority for this campaign.

Enriching the Research Collections
Campaign Goal: $25 million

  • Acquire new print and digital collections to support our students and scholars (books, journals, databases, e-books, datasets, sound and moving images, and other materials)
  • Enhance storage facilities for general collections, in order to safeguard the treasures acquired over the past 140 years. Create a specialized storage and conservation facility for at-risk materials
  • Digitize critical and rare materials for increased accessibility and preservation
  • Enhance research at UC Berkeley through funding open access publishing by Berkeley faculty and graduate students

A robust research collection ensures that Berkeley students and scholars are constantly inspired and supported in their search for knowledge.

For more information:

The Library Development Office
University of California, Berkeley
131 Doe Library
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
510.642.9377
give@library.berkeley.edu

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