Christopher Bazil: Environmental Design Library

April 20, 2013 § Leave a comment

The Environmental Design Library serves the College of Environmental Design, which is made up of the departments of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and City and Regional Planning. The ED Library is located on the second floor of Wurster Hall, and is open Monday – Thursday 9-9, Friday 9-5, Saturday 1-5, and Sunday 1-9.

This is one of my favorite libraries. It has a great lounge area for reading, huge desks for computer or drawing work, a printing station, private group study rooms, and a large on site staff to help you out with any questions or needs. The ED library has books, serials, maps, images, blueprints, and archives from all over the world. However, the library’s main strengths are in Bay Area built environment history since 1890.

Some of the ED Library’s archival collections includes primary source materials from John Galen Howard, the Olmsted Brothers, Julia Morgan, Bernard Maybeck, and the Berkeley Garden Club. Archival materials include correspondences, reports, drawings, photos, and artifacts.

The ED Library is a great resource for anyone that is researching nearly any topic dealing with Bay Area history since 1890. So much of our social history is tied to structures, landscapes, and our urban form. The collections contained within ED could help compliment a well-rounded social history of any Bay Area topic.

Even if you have no interests in any of the subjects mentioned here, I highly recommend stopping by the Environmental Design Library for a quick field-trip — you’ll learn something new about our amazing campus, and maybe even find a new study spot.

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