John Hawk

Head Librarian, Special Collections and University Archives

Primary Responsibilities:
I administer and develop the Library’s special collections which is comprised of a core collection of 17,000 rare books. I am responsible for reference and research services for special collections and for building, managing and interpreting the collections through library instruction, exhibitions, programming and outreach to the University campus and Bay Area book community.

Liaison Area:
I am a Library Liaison to the History Department.

About Me:
I was born in Seattle and raised in Portland, Oregon. I have a B.A. from Reed College and an M.L.I.S. and M.A. in history from the University of California, Berkeley.

Professional History:

I have served as Head Librarian of the Donohue Rare Book Room since 1998. Prior to that I was Special Collections Librarian at the rank of Assistant Professor at the University of Oregon Knight Library, where I had responsibility for the rare book and photography collections. 

Professional Activity:
I am active in the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association. I am a Past President of the Book Club of California and a member of the Roxburghe Club of San Francisco.

My family and I divide our time between San Francisco and Portland. We especially enjoy spending time on the Oregon Coast. My interests include music, classic noir and crime fiction, and vintage scooters. I am also a proud member of the Ten Club.

Contact Info

John Hawk, Head of Special Collections and University Archives

9AM to 5PM, Monday thru Friday

GL 311 (415) 422-2036