March 21, 2018

In 1971, the NISEE-PEER Library opened its doors at the Richmond Field Station and began its mission of serving the information needs of the earthquake engineering community. The NISEE-PEER Library houses a large, specialized physical collection of library materials in addition to the NISEE-PEER Online Archive.

Researchers worldwide can access this vast database ($25 annual membership) of earthquake, structural, seismology, geotechnical and public policy engineering research literature, as well as research software, images and video recordings.

worldwide membership map

The NISEE-PEER Library originally began in 1971 as a public service project, the National Information Service for Earthquake Engineering (NISEE), with two facilities: one at the Earthquake Engineering Research Center (EERC), University of California, Berkeley at the Richmond Field Station and another at the Earthquake Engineering Research Laboratory of the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California. The physical collection of the library began with the generous contributions of UC Berkeley Professors Ray W. Clough and Joseph Penzien, followed by numerous donations through the years.

In 2008, EERC merged with the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (PEER) becoming the NISEE-PEER Library.

The Collection

Particularly unique to this collection are numerous images donated by UC Berkeley Professors Karl Steinbrugge and Bill Godden, and Geophysicist Jan Kozak, which have been digitized by library staff. Many other image collections have been donated to the library from students, professors, engineers in the community and Caltrans.

Professor Vitelmo Bertero’s tutorial, An Introduction to Earthquake Engineering, is also available through the archive, as well as EERC, SEMM, PEER and UC Berkeley Geotech reports, which include seminal research in earthquake, structural and geotechnical engineering done at UC Berkeley since 1967. Thousands of other research reports are also available digitally.

More information can be found at: and

library stacks

Directions to the Library
NISEE/PEER Library, University of California, Berkeley
1301 S. 46th Street
Richmond Field Station Building 453
Richmond, CA 94804

Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Open to the public (by appointment only)

Phone: 510-665-3419