Institute for Research on Labor and Employment Library

  • About the Library

    The IRLE Library is an Affiliated Library of the UC Berkeley campus. It houses an excess of 45,000 volumes with a special focus on labor issues, labor economics, and organizations. It serves faculty, staff, students, members of the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, other researchers in the UC system, and the general public. Outreach services are of special import.

  • Services

    Reference service is available to all members of the UC Berkeley community and the general public. In depth consultations are available by appointment. In addition, the Library Web site has numerous research guides which are available to all online users.

    Reference Consultations
    We encourage faculty, students and staff to consult with the IRLE Library team in person. Contact Janice (jankim@berkeley.edu) or Terry (thuwe@library.berkeley.edu) directly to set up an appointment.

    Directional Assistance
    Berkeley recently added its ten millionth print volume, and continues to build its digital collections. The University Library includes Doe/Moffitt Libraries, 18 branch libraries, and 7 Affiliated Libraries. IRLE Library staff can help you locate library materials in this vast system–just ask.

    Subject Guides
    Visit the IRLE Library’s Subject Guides.

  • Collections

    The Library’s print collections number in excess of 45,000 volumes, and are housed at the IRLE, UC Berkeley. Sections of the collection are stored at the Northern Regional Library Facility. Collections are accessible UC Berkeley’s OskiCat catalog and Melvyl. Digital collections are accessbile from this server and from the Online Archive of California.

    Collection Goals
    The IRLE Library collects information in multiple disciplines and formats about employment and workplace issues. Particular strengths of the collection are labor history, labor and culture, labor and the arts, labor relations, organization studies, international labor issues, trade unionism and collective bargaining.

    Books And Documents
    The book collection broadly covers the issues of employment and workplace issues. Particular strengths of the collection are labor history, labor relations, organization studies, international labor issues, trade unionism and collective bargaining. Print journals, government documents and trade union publications documents must be paged from closed stacks.

    Digital Collections

    Special Collections
    Oral Histories. The Library has a collection of oral histories of labor leaders, which are also held at the Bancroft Library.

    Trade Union Publications. The Library collects trade union newsletters, journals and bulletins. Materials must be paged from closed stacks.

    “We Do the Work.” The Library has a full set of “We Do the Work,” a television series of 30 minute feature about labor issues, which was aired on Public Broadcasting Service stations. Non circulating.

  • Visiting & Borrowing

    The IRLE Library is under renovation. The library is closed for walk in patrons.

    To access material from the IRLE Library:

    • Please search Oskicat to see if IRLE has a copy of the material
    • Please note the title of the book and the call number
    • Contact by email jankim@berkeley.edu with the title and call number. During renovation you may only request material by email.
    • Once the material is located you will receive a email back to arrange pick up of material in the Lobby of IRLE.

    The IRLE Library is not barcoded and all of our material says “Available” in Oskicat.


    Circulation and Access

    Undergraduates and Community
    Two Weeks

    Graduates
    Three Months

    Faculty
    One Year

    Reference Collection
    Library Use

    Reserves
    Two Hours

  • People

    Terence K. Huwe
    Director of Library and Information Resources
    (510) 643-7061
    thuwe@library.berkeley.edu

    Janice Kimball
    Library Operations Manager
    (510) 642-1705
    jankim@berkeley.edu

    Elizabeth del Rocío Camacho
    Web Administrator
    (510) 679-8480
    camacho@berkeley.edu