Last month (yes, it’s December now!) we brought to you our first library crawl. But since there are a lot of libraries at UC Berkeley (in case you didn’t know), one crawl simply wasn’t enough. In this crawl, we bring to you Morrison, Bancroft and the Law Library. We hope this helps in finding a place to (pretend to) study during RRR Week, and we wish you the very best of luck on your finals.

Note: the Law Library is not open to undergraduates during Finals period.

Morrison Library – Eunice Choi



  • A quietness that isn’t intimidating like Main Stacks but instead allows people to fully focus on their reading/work.
  • A nice view of Morrison.

    A nice view of Morrison.

  • Extremely comfortable, squishy couches and seats of various kinds that make reading a read more »

We’re back with another detailed infographic to illustrate a fascinating social trend that can be observed of many Berkeley undergraduate students, and is ultimately responsible for subpar library selection – stutentus dysfunctionus. This week’s productivity chart, organized from a compilation of various scientific data on library location amenities, aims to support study habits by streamlining study location options available to students. Why are you still reading this?

Click to expand.

Click to expand.

If you’re so dysfunctional to need to use the above chart, you probably won’t benefit this late in the semester… So we hope that you’ll at least feel more productive with the help of this graphic. Happy procrastinating! read more »

Finding a place to study on this vast campus for a newly arrived freshman (or even for some that have already spent some time here) can be a daunting task. There are so many options, and today we’d like to give you some insight into just some of the places that you can sleep study all night long.

1. Main Stacks – Daniel Radding

Main Stacks is that way.
Main Stacks is that way.

In hindsight, we probably should not have sent one of our cub writers to Main Stacks, because it is really easy to get lost down there if you don’t know what you’re doing. Main Stacks is a HUGE library. To give you a sense of its size, consider this: You can enter from Doe and exit from Moffitt. There are four floors total (though you can only study on the lower three) with 400 seats available for individual study. Main Stacks offers a large variety of study environments, which we’re going to break down for you.

This has recently been dubbed the Hallway of Doom.

This has recently been dubbed the Hallway of Doom.

Standing Desks

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We can’t figure out whether libraries have a negative or positive connotation — we’d rather read books in a library than on the BART, but at any rate libraries are where we “do work.”

Instead of heading to the libraries on campus or downtown, the Clog discovered a quaint library in Elmwood: The Claremont Library. While you can’t necessarily do work — schoolwork and research — there, it’s a great place to read for leisure.

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Nothing is more representative of the college experience than eight-hour study sessions in main stacks. Fortunately, while the library may currently inspire more ire than affection with the final rush of midterms before spring break, Doe Library will be having an open house on Wednesday, March 21 in celebration of its centennial (1912-2012) that will actually make the library experience fun. read more »

kindle picTo usher in the beginning of October, the online retailing giant Amazon introduces a revamped line of Kindle products. Is it finally time to get rid of our lowly books of paper? Not quite.

If you’re hoping for a product review, this is the wrong place to look. Ever since the Kindle was first introduced in 2007, the hype over this thing brought forth doom for books made from measly paper. Students today can even benefit from renting textbooks via Kindle, which can seriously lower book costs. However, the Kindle can never replace a book.

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Unfortunately, not our new mascot. BEARCATS EXIST!
So we just finally capitulated to the relentless chalking underfoot near the libraries of campus and Googled “OskiCat,” which, according to aforementioned chalk, is “Coming 5.27.09.”  Much to our dismay, we’re not getting a new mascot that is some monstrous (or ADORABLE) combination of a bear and a kitten, nor is something of comparable epicness happening.

Alas, OskiCat is merely the new library catalog that will soon replace GLADIS and Pathfinder. Apparently there was a logo contest

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for it, but we’re pretty sure the winner didn’t get to meet Clint Eastwood this time. Don’t get us wrong, it sounds pretty nifty and all, with its new features–like the ability to renew items, limit results to available items ” … and much more!” But, honestly … yawn. Well, at least it doesn’t involve another arbitrary “BEARS

” acronym or some variation thereof.

Image Source: Joachim S. Muller under Creative Commons
OskiCat [UCB Library

OskiCat [Facebook

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OK, so this clip is kinda old, but we figured it would delight all those who already suffered through finals or who are still powering through … so pretty much everyone. Prangstgrup, a merry group of pranksters from Columbia, hit up the library one semester and erupted into song and dance. We think they beat our streakers in enjoyable library disturbances. Or even unenjoyable ones.

Prangstgrup Library Musical – Reading on a Dream PRANK!! [YouTube]
Prangstgrup [Website]

Up through the end of finals, the staffs of the Doe and Moffitt Libraries will be on full alert for expected increases in the smuggling of foodstuffs. Students living in libraries for the last week have had to act surreptitiously to remain well-nourished.

Library staffs have been regularly patrolling these study areas with garbage bags and confiscating everything edible. These patrolmen and women are so confident in their ability to spot even a crumb that they boldly announce their presence in hideous bright lime t-shirts. Apparently, having any sort of fashion sense is not a prerequisite for being a library administrator.
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Remember in elementary or middle school, when we were taught to put books back on the go-back shelf instead of trying to remember where they belong on the shelf?

Apparently proper cataloging (and the Dewey Decimal System) was a recent addition to the prestigious Institute of Common Sense, since UC Berkeley musicology professor Davitt Moroney discovered a manuscript missing since 1726: the score of some Italian composer we’ve never heard of.

It’s a case of “Where’s Waldo?,” only instead of a striped-shirted skinny guy waving amidst a sea of people and things, Alessandro Striggio’s hugely musicologically significant Catholic mass waved to Berkeley’s own Moroney in a sea of 100,000 manuscripts in a French library.

Let’s just blame the French and call it a day, no?

Deep in French Library, A Priceless Musical Find [Daily Cal]