Library

The IGS Library is one of the nation’s major collections in public administration, public affairs, and public policy. The library holds more than 400,000 volumes and is a depository for California local government documents.

Special collections include California Reapportionment Archives and California Election Campaign Ephemera. Pamphlets and unbound reports from a broad range of public interest organizations, research institutes and government agencies are the heart of the collection, which dates from 1921.

The library’s Ballot Measure Guides help scholars and voters to understand California's initiative process, its digital collections bring local government documents to your desktop, and the library’s reference service provides assistance to the Cal community and to members of the public who have questions regarding public policy and politics.

FSM at 50: IGS Exhibit

October 10, 2014 – May 15, 2015 

Visit the display case in the reading room for an exhibit of materials relating to the free speech movement at UC Berkeley. The exhibit revisits this critical movement through publications, handbills, and other materials housed in the Institute of Governmental Studies Library.

November Election Resources

drawing of man casting a ballot

Want to learn more about the six initiatives on the November 4 ballot? Check out the IGS Library's guides at the CaliforniaChoices.org site. 

In addition to voter resources and in-depth analysis, the site features a dynamic endorsements  page where you can compare endorsements from political parties, unions, newspapers, and other organizations, and share how you are voting with friends and family.

Bay Guardian Archive



The SF Bay Guardian ceased publication on Wednesday, October 15 but the IGS Library has a
huge archive of back copies. The papers are non-circulating and available for use in the reading room. IGS has more than 1300 catalog records of key articles from the Guardian during its run.

Online Paging Now Available

Oskicat logo You can now request that books and other library materials from 25 campus libraries be delivered to any of those libraries. Just use OskiCat to find the circulating item you'd like, click the yellow Request button near the top of the screen and enter your CalNet ID and password. Finally, select your favorite library to have the item delivered to. Delivery is usually within three business days.

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