Sometimes referred to as “the University’s living room,” Morrison Library opened its doors in 1928 as a traditional reading room. Today, the space provides a tranquil atmosphere with comfortable furnishings and an elegant ambience for students (and faculty and staff) to enjoy as a change of scene from classrooms, labs, and offices.
One of the many architectural treasures that are part of the UC Berkeley campus, Morrison Library maintains a circulating collection of new and popular fiction and non-fiction titles; a limited collection of circulating audiobooks, travel books, and newly published poetry books; and subscriptions to several popular magazines and daily newspapers.
Morrison Library’s crowning glory is its Graphic Arts Loan Collection, a collection of framed, original lithographs, etchings, and woodblock prints — all available for loan. This unique service is available to Cal students, faculty and staff.
The space is also home to “Lunch Poems” — a monthly noontime poetry reading series featuring national luminaries as well as campus faculty, staff, and students — and the “Story Hour” — a monthly prose reading series hosted by the Department of English.
When planning to visit the Morrison Library, note that laptop use is not permitted inside the facilities. Visitors are welcome to use their Kindles, iPads, and other electronic reading devices that do not have keyboards.