Posted all recommendations and communications from the City of Berkeley in our libraries. Printed copies are available for patrons as well.
In addition to our regular cleaning schedules, we have implemented twice-daily disinfection procedures for "high touch" areas in all Library facilities.
Removed many "high touch" items from service such as headphones, board games, pillows, plush animals and toys. At this time the Library is continuing to offer access to public computers and laptops.
Ongoing communications this winter to Library staff on ways to help prevent the spread of the flu, colds and coronavirus.
Modifying some elements of public programs to limit opportunities for the spreading of germs, such as eliminating shared toys during story time and suspending the use of Virtual Reality headsets.
Events, Programs & Service Updates
As a City of Berkeley department, the Library follows the directions of the City Manager and City Public Health Officer during the state of emergency declared by the City Manager earlier this week.
At this time, Library hours and most public programming will continue as regularly scheduled. However, as the Library receives updates and directives from the City Manager and Public Health Officer, this may change.
Note that some authors, vendors and/or workshop leaders may choose to cancel their upcoming events even if the Library has not been directed to cancel events. The Library's online event calendarwill have the most up to date information on Library programs.
Library Access from Home
With digital services from Berkeley Public Library, card holders have 24/7 free access to books, audiobooks, magazines, movies, classes and more.
Find out more about our numerous resources from the Downloads & Streaming page. Some of our most popular services include the following:
Streaming music is available from Hoopla as well as from Naxos, which includes classical, jazz and world music, and Alexander Street, which features contemporary world music, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings and more.
The Berkeley Public Health Department confirmed this week that expanded presence of coronavirus is a reality. While there are no confirmed cases of community spread in Berkeley at this point, it will happen eventually.
It’s important that everyone take action to slow the spread. This will help relieve pressure on medical resources and health care providers.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. That’s about the length of time it takes to sing “Happy Birthday” twice.
Avoid touching your face, especially with unwashed hands.
Clean frequently touched surfaces like doorknobs, light switches, tables, phones, and keyboards daily using a regular household detergent and water.
Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then immediately throw it away. If you don’t have a tissue, cover your cough with your elbow rather than your hand.
When you’re sick, avoid school, work, and public places. Stay home except to get medical care.