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Annual Report FY 2017-18

We expand horizons.

Books drawn like buildings

Our massive vault of information is getting even bigger

Eleven floors. More than 400,000 linear feet of shelving. Over a billion dollars’ worth of materials in a variety of formats, from books to newspapers to audio recordings to motion pictures. Located 7 miles northwest of Berkeley, Richmond’s Northern Regional Library Facility, or NRLF, is an information lover’s paradise. A virtual fountain of shared knowledge, NRLF stores materials from University of California libraries across Northern California and ships them to libraries within the UC system and beyond. With 140,000 new items each year, NRLF is facing an imminent shortage of space. In March, the UC Regents gave approval and full funding for the expansion of the facility. The move will boost NRLF’s capacity by 3.1 million print materials, ensuring a cost-effective way to store valuable knowledge for years into the future. “All of my research depends on NRLF,” says Victoria Frede-Montemayor, a professor of Russian history at UC Berkeley and a strong supporter of NRLF’s expansion. “It’s a repository, it’s a library. It’s a magical thing.”

The Center for Connected Learning: A place for discovery

As the digital age continues to alter the way students work, learn, and consume — and even create — information, the Library is quickly evolving. In 2016, Moffitt Library opened the doors to its reimagined fourth and fifth floors. And soon, the library’s remaining three floors will undergo transformations of their own, as Moffitt completes its metamorphosis into the Center for Connected Learning, an innovative space for creation, collaboration, and reflection. This spring, the Library hosted workshops inviting faculty, students, and staff to share their ideas about the future of Moffitt. The ideas that emerged will lay the groundwork for the design process and will inform the ultimate vision for the library. “It ought to be a place to start but not to end,” says Cathy Koshland, vice chancellor for undergraduate education. With support from Chancellor Carol Christ, and the generosity of donors — including a gift of $2.5 million from Al ’62, M.B.A. ’69 and Marguerite ’60 Johnson — that new vision has never been closer to becoming a reality.

Students in Moffitt Library

The renovation of Moffitt Library’s fourth and fifth floors was finished in 2016. Up next is the revitalization of Moffitt’s remaining three floors. (Photo by J. Pierre Carrillo for the UC Berkeley Library)

Students meditating in Moffitt Library

Moffitt offers students the tools and spaces they need to turn their ideas into reality — or simply find their inner peace, through wellness activities such as the mindfulness session shown above. (Photo by Cade Johnson for the UC Berkeley Library)

campus community gathered to lay out their ideas for Moffitt’s future

This spring, members of the campus community gathered to lay out their ideas for Moffitt’s future. (Photo by Jami Smith for the UC Berkeley Library)

A new life for old materials

This year, we continued to rapidly digitize our materials, including an impressive collection from UC Berkeley professor emeritus and author Robert Allen documenting the Port Chicago disaster. The tragedy killed more than 300 people — most of them African American sailors — about 5 miles north of Concord in the single greatest loss of life on the homefront during World War II.


Moffitt Library not only serves as a destination for discovery, but also for wellness. Starting this spring, Moffitt hosted 16 wellness sessions promoting mindfulness and meditation, open to anyone in the campus community wishing to focus their mind, unwind, or de-stress.