Welcome to the Ethnic Studies Library Website!


Spring 2020 Hours (January 21 - May 15)


Closed until further notice.
The book drop is closed.  Hold on to library materials until the library re-opens. Check this site for updates.


30 Stephens Hall #2360
Berkeley, CA 94720-2360

Phone: (510) 643-1234
Fax: (510) 643-8433
esl [at] library [dot] berkeley [dot] edu

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 What's New? Events and Announcements:

2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Third World Liberation Front strike which led to the creation of the departments of Ethnic Studies and African American Studies! Find out more about how the Ethnic Studies Library is celebrating.

 Critical Pacific Islander Studies Library Research Guide

Event Accessibility Information:

The Ethnic Studies Library is committed to being accessible to persons with different abilities. The ESL has an ADA accessible front entrance and access to two ADA accessible restrooms. There are general research seats available. Contact esl [at] library [dot] berkeley [dot] edu with any questions or for more information.

Accessibility Information / Information about Disability Resources at UC Berkeley Libraries

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Statement from the Faculty of Ethnic Studies, University of California, Berkeley

(Spring 2017)

"The Department of Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley is founded on commitments to the value of diversity, the fundamental equality of all human beings, and social justice. We welcome and support all students, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexuality, socioeconomic class, national origin or immigration status. Such inclusivity enriches education for all students by fostering the open dialogue, debate, and breadth of knowledge that facilitate the ability to thrive in an increasingly crosscultural world. We endeavor to create an environment of civility and respect, and we condemn all forms of bigotry and intolerance.

As scholars and educators, we encourage critical thinking and debate based on facts and evidence, and we value the multiple forms of knowledge represented by diverse cultures and societies. The free circulation of information is essential to the work of education, and we oppose all efforts to limit critical engagement and the availability of knowledge.

We affirm our commitment to justice, equality, the pursuit of knowledge, and the free exchange of ideas from the widest range of perspectives. We stand in support of all of our students and their right to attain an education; their safety and wellbeing is our highest concern. Our doors are open to anyone who is subject to intimidation or oppression, and we offer our department spaces to those in need of solace and support."