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.

Welcome to the IGS Library!

Welcome new and returning students! Here are a few things to know about the IGS Library:

  • Use OskiCat, the UC Berkeley catalog, to find books and other material in the IGS Library. You can search the entire UC Library system with Melvyl.
  • Course reserves material is located behind the Circulation Desk. Reserves circulate for two hours.
  • Most material in the IGS Library circulates, so that you may borrow it.
  • You can connect to library and campus resources from off campus with the Proxy Server.
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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