Visit the General Collections and Humanities Center on the 3rd floor of the Main Library for our print biographies and memoirs, boasting tens of thousands of circulating volumes as well as a strong reference collection. The Biographies section includes volumes of personal correspondence and commemorative essay collections, and features hundreds of Bay Area memoirs. 

Find print biographies about performing and fine artists on the 4th floor of the Main library in the Art, Music & Recreation Center

Research Collections


A good starting point is Biography in Context: Full text biographies and articles on contemporary and historical figures worldwide.

For help navigating various biographical resources in the library, check out the Biographical Information Guide Web page.