The ARG Library and Information Center is one of the oldest and largest alcohol and other drug (AOD) libraries in the United States. Since 1959, it has supported the research efforts of the Alcohol Research Group and later the National Alcohol Research Center, one of 18 funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. The ARG Library, in addition to being the main AOD information and documentation center for the San Francisco Bay Area, has been designated by the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention as a "Specialty" Regional Alcohol and Drug Awareness Resource (RADAR) Information Center. The ARG library has served researchers, teachers, counselors, students, the press, physicians, and other librarians interested in access to alcohol and substance abuse information.
The collection, whose main focus is the social and cultural aspects of alcohol and other drug use, has major subject strengths in epidemiology, alcohol and other drug-related problems, control policies and legal aspects, special populations, treatment, prevention, evaluation, and social history.
The ARG Library has approximately 6,000 books and over 60,000 other materials, including: conference papers, dissertations, unpublished working papers, government documents and other materials. Currently the library receives over 300 journals and newsletter titles including almost all of the English language alcohol and other drug specific journal titles and many of the AOD foreign language journal titles.
Special collections include a history collection of the prohibition movement, the Classified Abstract Archive of the Alcohol Literature (CAAAL Archive) comprising approximately 20,000 abstracts of the scientific alcohol research literature dating between 1933 and 1976, and the unpublished papers and documents from the Tulapai to Tokay annotated bibliography (a collection of more than 900 books, articles, manuscripts and dissertations on Native American drinking).
Please note that the ARG Library is a non-lending library and thus offers an intact research collection for users' needs. For a full description of the Library and Information Services Policy, click here.
Debbie Cluney, BA, has been with ARG since 2010. She has been working in the library field since 2006 and holds a Bachelor of Arts (in English) from UC Berkeley.
Library Hours & Contact Information:
The library is open to the general public by appointment only. For more information, email: or call us @ (510) 597-3452.