UC Berkeley Art Practice
Department of Art Practice at UC Berkeley

Garron Reading Room

Garron Reading Room

The Garron Reading Room at UC Berkeley’s Kroeber Hall.

The Garron Reading Room at UC Berkeley’s Kroeber Hall.

Garron Reading Room newspaper clipping

Garron Reading Room newspaper clipping

The Garron Reading Room, located in 346 Kroeber Hal.

The Garron Reading Room is a specialized, non-circulating art library. It features thousands of volumes of artist monographs, catalogs and art history texts.

The books inside the Garron are a wonderful resource, open to all students. Students can even book the whole room out for specific gatherings and/or self-study. Robert Lewis keeps track of the schedule for the Garron and use of the room can be discussed in the Art Office. Graduate students are granted 24-hour access. The room is also often used for Art Practice events and faculty meetings.

Garron Reading Room History

The Frances Wulzen Garron Reading Room was opened in October 1991. Mrs. Garron donated $50,000 to the art practice department in order to create the Garron Library. There was a fundraiser for the library and the room and books were all made available through donors.

The Garron is currently funded by the Art Practice department. It is not connected to the UC Library system, which features it’s own extensive Art Library in Doe Hall. The Art History slide collection is on the 4th floor of the Doe Library, which contains over 300,000 slides.