Library Guide in Middle Eastern and Near Eastern Studies
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) and 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 (http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/instruct/guides/librarymap.html). Its collections contain rare books and manuscripts, including an extensive group of papyri from Egypt. See their website for access information (http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/info/).
NES Departmental Libraries
NES Libraries: Hebrew/Semitics/Islamic
Ancient Near Eastern Library/Seminar Room
Baer-Keller Library of Egyptology
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.
JAGNES is a peer-reviewed graduate journal, dedicated to publishing high-caliber creative and experimental work. JAGNES includes research in all of the related Near Eastern disciplines. As a graduate student led journal the JAGNES staff understands both the vital role of graduate students as well as innovative writing and research in this process. Thus the mission of the journal is to promote unconventional and nontraditional approaches and methodologies within Near Eastern Studies. The hope is to include in the journal the future of the discipline – whether that future is in new historiographies of the region or its parts, new technologies of reconstruction, or new forms of academic writing. The JAGNES staff is committed to becoming the platform for graduate students and young scholars to search and find new directions within the study of the Near East. They want to encourage those students who want to work outside the standard frames for academic writing, who want to widen the field of acceptable and considered approaches, and who consider their work to fall just between and among the various field-specific journals that exist, to submit to the journal.
For more information about submitting to the journal check out the website:
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.
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, UC Berkeley
2121 Allston Waym Berkeley, (510).643-2526