In 2005, The Bancroft Library will relocate to temporary quarters during a California state-mandated seismic retrofitting of its building, and, thanks to many donors, a much-needed upgrading of its facilities. The Library will be closed for approximately three months during its move,and then will reopen in a temporary location where it will operate for at least two years. The Bancroft Library has been in its current location, the Doe Library Annex, since the 1950s.
Bancroft's open hours will be reduced this spring as we prepare to move. For current information regarding our open hours, please see our website at http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/info/hours.html, or call (510) 642-3781.
On June 1, 2005 Bancroft will close to the public in order to move its collections. A temporary reading room will tentatively reopen in October at 2121 Allston Way, just off campus in downtown Berkeley. While in the temporary space, not all materials will be available and there may be a delay in paging materials, as most items will be housed off-site.
Other Bancroft Library programs affected by the move include the Mark Twain Papers and Project, the Regional Oral History Office, the Center for the Tebtunis Papyri, and the University Archives. The Mark Twain Project has already moved to temporary quarters at 2195 Hearst Avenue in Berkeley.
The Regional Oral History Office (ROHO) will be moving to Evans Hall on the Berkeley Campus in late May 2005. The Center for the Tebtunis Papyri and University Archives will be moving with Bancroft to its temporary location. For more information and updates about the move, please visit the Bancroft website at http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/info/move/ or call (510) 642-3781.
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