The IGS library is located at 109 Moses Hall. We are on the bottom floor, which is directly across the courtyard from Stephens Hall and the Ethnic Studies Library. If you are entering Moses Hall from the north side, walk down a flight of stairs and turn right. The library reading room entrance will be to your immediate right. If you are entering from the east (from the Moses Hall courtyard), walk down the hall and turn left at the first open doorway.
How can I contact the IGS Library?
You can call the Library‘s reference and circulation desk at (510) 642-1472. You can also email librarians at igsl [at] berkeley.edu. Our fax number is (510) 642-3020. We return all phone and email messages as soon as possible.
Can I check out items from the library?
Yes. The IGS library circulates its monograph collection to the UC Berkeley community. We reserve the right to declare an item "library use only" upon inspection if we believe it is too fragile or rare for check-out.
How do I go about finding materials that are part of the library‘s collection?
The Library's catalogs are a mix of online, card and book catalogs covering different time periods. Oskicat, the University's online public access catalog, is the current catalog for all material cataloged since 1983.
Materials from 1983-current can also be searched using WorldCat, a database of OCLC's FirstSearch online reference service. You will need to access WorldCat via UC web pages such as Melvyl and the Electronic Resources web page of the campus library system.
Earlier materials can be found onsite through our subject book catalog (1918-77), subject card catalog (1978-83), and author card catalog (1918-83). These catalogs will require staff assistance and we recommend calling before you come in to search for earlier materials.
Where are IGSL materials located?
The library‘s materials are located primarily in the basement of Moses Hall. Patrons cannot browse materials directly but can use Mevyl and the paper author and subject catalogs to find materials. IGS Staff will page any onsite materials a patron requests.
Some materials are kept at the NRLF storage facility in Richmond. Patrons may request IGS NRLF items at the reference desk at IGS. They can also request using MELVYL's Request service, or through any UC library, following locally established procedures. NRLF materials generally take one weekday to arrive. Materials requested on a Friday will not arrive until Monday afternoon.
How do I get research help from the IGS Library?
The library has reference help available from 11am-5m, Mon.-Fri. We can assist you with locating materials, beginning a book or article search, direction in finding specific information, accessing materials, etc.
You can also call us at (510) 642-1472 1pm-5pm, Mon.-Fri. or email us at igsl [at] berkeley.edu. IGSL's website contains information on all facets of California and U.S. government and public policy.
What kind of materials does the IGS Library have?
The Institute of Governmental Studies Library is one of the nation's premier libraries of nontrade and ephemeral materials on American and California public affairs and policy. Pamphlets and unbound reports from a broad spectrum of public interest organizations, research institutes, government agencies, and other public policy bodies are the heart of the collection.
The Library also has a strong core collection of books and journals on American political science and public administration and California politics. The collection contains over 400,000 catalogued items and 1200 active serial titles.
How do I access library resources from off campus?
Anyone may access the library catalogs and most of the Library's web pages from any Internet-connected computer. Some licensed electronic resources, such as journal article databases, are commercial products with access restrictions. Current UC Berkeley faculty, students, or staff can connect to these resources using the Library proxy service or VPN.
Where are the instructions for setting up the proxy server?
In addition to these databases, IGS subscribes to several online journals and databases. You must be onsite (or connected via the proxy server) to use these databases.
Where can I see a map of the libraries?
Members of the public are welcome to use the space as well.
How can I find a job in the Library?
Students wishing to apply for workstudy positions at IGSL should check the campus work study website.
All printing from the BookScan stations and public workstations in the libraries must be paid for using the Cal 1 Card payment system. UCB faculty, staff and students must deposit funds in the debit account attached to their Cal 1 Card to use it for printing. Visitors can request a guest card from the public service desk at IGSL. To add funds to the card, go to the Guest Card site.
The library has a BookScan station which scans images up to 11"x17". Scanning to a USB drive is free.
Single-sided black-and-white prints are 8 cents each (letter and legal size). Double-sided black-and-white prints are 14 cents each (letter and legal size). Other printing costs are described on this page.
Where can I find a list of library hours?
You can find the hours for IGSL and other campus libraries at the Main library hours site.
Does the library hold items?
Yes. The library will hold any items we pull up for you for as long as you need, space permitting. We will also hold any NRLF requests you make for items to our libraries.
Can I returns books from other libraries to IGSL?
Yes. The library participates in the universal return program which allows users to return most circulating materials to any library location on campus. Please give your books to a staff member at the reference desk to ensure return. IGSL has no book drop.
The book I searched for isn't available here. Can I get books and articles from outside the UC Berkeley libraries?
Yes, there are several ways to do this. If the item you need is not owned by the UC Berkeley libraries but is owned by one of the other UC libraries, then UC Berkeley faculty, students, and staff may ask for it via the Request button in the Melvyl catalog . If it is not owned by any of the UC libraries, then UC Berkeley faculty, students, and staff may submit Interlibrary borrowing requests, which allows you to check out materials delivered from other universities. You will be notified by email when print Interlibrary materials arrive, and you can pick your items up in the Interlibrary Services office in 133 Doe Library
Find out more from the Interlibrary Borrowing Services website.
How do I get wireless access for my laptop, mobile, or PDA?
AirBears wireless access is available at IGSL as well as in many campus libraries. UC Berkeley students, faculty, and staff with a CalNet ID are eligible to use this free service. Wireless cards and the necessary software are available for one-day checkout at the Moffitt Library Circulation Desk and the Public Health Library. The Library does not provide CalNet IDs or AirBears guest accounts for visitors. Visiting scholars and campus affiliates may request these from their sponsoring department. Learn more about Computers in the Libraries.
What subject areas does the IGS Library cover?
The library covers 3 broad subject areas: institutions, the political process and policy making, and public policy issues.
- Institutions: There is strong coverage of Congress and the presidency, the California state legislature and governorship, and California local government. Also well covered are concepts and problems of federalism and intergovernmental relations, as well as state and local government generally.
- The political process and policymaking. There is broad coverage of political parties, elections and practical politics, the legislative process, legislative-executive relations, the initiative and referendum, and public administration.
- Public policy issues. A diverse array of public policy issues is represented in the collection, and more are added all the time as new issues enter the political process and gain the attention of policymakers. Some general public policy strengths are public finance and taxation, educational and health care reform, contracting out and deregulation, environmental protection, and city and regional planning. The overall focus is domestic policy, with a geographical emphasis on California.