About the Library
The IRLE Library is an Affiliated Library of the UC Berkeley campus. It houses more than 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.
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 Website has numerous research guides which are available to all online users.
We encourage faculty, students and staff to consult with the IRLE Library team in person. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or Terry (email@example.com) directly to set up an appointment.
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.
Visit the IRLE Library’s Subject Guides.
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 accessible from this server and from the Online Archive of California.
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.
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 does not have public hours. If you would like to browse our collections, you must make an appointment by email (firstname.lastname@example.org). Books must be requested by email.
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
- Email email@example.com with the title and call number.
- Once the material is located you will receive a email back to arrange pick-up of material in the Lobby of IRLE.
Note: The IRLE Library is not barcoded and all of our material says “Available” in Oskicat even when it has been checked out to another patron.
Circulation and Access
Undergraduates and Community
Terence K. Huwe
Director of Library and Information Resources
Library Operations Manager