UC Berkeley Anthropology Library Occupation 2012

On January 17, 2012, a proposal was brought to the Occupy Cal General Assembly to occupy UC Berkeley's George and Mary Foster Anthropology Library[1] due to a recent decision by administration to reduce the library's hours and services.[2] Part of the overall trend of privatization and divestment in public resources,[3] the university has reduced spending on its libraries by 12 percent since 2012.[4][5] With mass approval by the General Assembly, members of Occupy Cal decided to lead a study-in of the anthropology library on January 19 to demand the reinstatement of the library's hours and resources.[6]

Occupy Cal writing their resolution to send to the administration to reinstate anthropology library hours and services.
Occupy Cal occupied UC Berkeley's anthropology library for 3 days following cuts to library hours and resources.

On January 19, 2012, following a noon-time rally by the larger Occupy Cal community, a group of roughly 100 students, faculty, and staff occupied the anthropology library and sent their demands[7] to the administration.[8] The non-violent study-in lasted 3 days and 2 nights, and involved several email exchanges between administration, and students and faculty.[9]

On January 21, 2012, the occupiers were notified by the administration that their demands would be met: library hours would be reinstated, and a replacement job would be created to achieve regular access to the library.[10]


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