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.
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.
The Library publishes a Guide to Electronic Journals in the Industrial Relations Field that points directly at the most important journals of the labor and industrial relations disciplines. It is also possible to search Electronic Journals held at UC Berkeley from the “Electronic Resources” section of the University Library’s Web site, which includes an A-Z listing and provides access links. These resources are available to UC Berkeley affiliates only.
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.