the directory of resources


    Doe and Moffitt Libraries

    Doe Library, the main campus library, has special collections of Islamica and Judaica/Hebraica materials (both in 438 Doe), as well as standard collections related to all research interests of members of the Department of Near Eastern Studies, including
    Ancient Near Eastern Studies (pre-Islamic Studies) & Middle East and North African Studies (since the beginning of Islam). Moffitt library houses books supporting the undergraduate curriculum, including those placed on class reserve.

    The Bancroft Library

    The Bancroft Library is housed in the Library Annex on the east side of Doe Library
    ( Its collections contain rare books and manuscripts, including an extensive group of papyri from Egypt. See their website for access information (

    NES Departmental Libraries (links in the left column)
    The NES department has several specialized departmental libraries focusing on areas taught by the department. These libraries are non-circulating and also may be used for advanced seminar classes. Separate libraries exist for Islamic Studies (Arabic, Turkish, and Persian, including the Mahjoub Persian Library) and Hebrew and Semitic Studies. The Cuneiform Seminar Room incorporates the Ancient Near Eastern collection, and the Baer-Keller Library of Egyptology houses the department's Egyptology collection. Graduate students and undergraduate majors are eligible to have their own library keys upon approval by relevant faculty. Others may apply for admission to the relevant library as needed on an occasional basis."

    Mellon Sawyer Program
    Starting in Fall 2012, the Department of Near Eastern Studies will be hosting a series of workshops, seminars, and conferences on the theme Graeco-Arabic Rationalism in Islamic Transmitted Sciences: The Post-Classical Period (ca. 1200-1900).  All events are open to the public and are funded generously by the Mellon Sawyer Seminars. Further details are available here: <>.

    Graduate Theological Union (GTU)

    The Graduate Theological Union Library, 2400 Ridge Road, Berkeley, has extensive holdings, which are open for use by all UC students. The GTU has its own library card, which can be acquired by presenting a current UC registration card at the circulation desk. The collection concentrates on the areas of religion (including Old and New Testament, and some Islamic materials), Near Eastern languages (especially Hebrew, Greek, Coptic, and Comparative Semitics) and Syro-Palestinian history and archaeology for all periods.

    Berkeley-Stanford Cooperative Program

    Through this inter-library lending program, Berkeley students may obtain spe­cial cards with which they may place loan requests for titles from the Stanford library. The books are then made available to the student at the Berkeley circula­tion desk.

    Art History/Classics Library Service

    The Classics and Art History Department maintain an important slide collection and a Graduate Library Service on the third floor of Doe Library. The collection is noncirculating and contains basic material on Classics, archaeology and art.

    Anthropology Library

    The Department of Anthropology maintains a substantial collection of reference and source materials on anthropology on the second floor of Kroeber Hall.

    Architecture Library

    The library of the Department of Architecture in Wurster Hall holds a substantial collection of slides dealing with Islamic monuments in the Near East, as well as reference source materials on Near Eastern architecture and urban planning.

    Law Library

    The Boalt Hall School of Law library has holdings in Islamic, Jewish and ancient law, which may be used on the premises.


    Materials relating to the study of the ancient medieval and modern Near East are housed in the following museums in the Bay Area:

    The Asian Art Museum                  
    200 Larkin Street, SF (415) 581-3500

    The Bade Institute                           
    1798 Scenic, Berkeley, (510)849-8272
    (Primarily Iron Age artifacts from Tell en-Nasbeh, Palestine)

    California Academy of Sciences   
    55 Music Concourse Dr., Golden Gate Park, SF (415) 379-8000

    The Palace of the Legion of Honor
    Lincoln Park, 100 34th Avenue, SF (415) 750-3600
    (Islamic and Greek holdings)

    Hearst Museum of Anthropology   
    103 Kroeber Hall, Berkeley Campus, (510) 642-3682

    The Rosicrucian Museum              
    1660 Park Ave, San Jose, (408) 947-3635

    Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts
    328 Lomita Drive, Stanford campus, Palo Alto, (650) 723-4177

    The Judah L. Magnes Museum        
    Bancroft Library, Berkeley Campus,  (510) 643.2526