As we enter into a fractious election year, it is worth reminding ourselves that despite any local and national political strife, there is one public institution that effectively brings people together from all walks of life and which is premised on the idea of a true shared economy: the public library.
There is much ahead for our nation this year and for the Berkeley Public Library.
CLICK HERE to read more from Acting Library Services Director Elliot Warren about the role of libraries in civic life, recent Library initiatives and plans for 2020.
From all of us at Berkeley Public Library, we wish you a very Happy New Year!
Coming Soon: Culinary Items at the Tool Lending Library
Your feedback is requested as we develop this new collection!
We value your feedback. You may remember that in August we expanded Tool Lending Library hours to six days a week based upon the 4,000+ responses from our last community survey. Now, based upon survey responses, the Library will be expanding the Tool Lending Library’s collections to include culinary tools.
Please consider TAKING THIS SURVEY. Your responses will help shape the culinary collection.
Note: Upon completion of the survey, you may choose to be entered into a raffle for a $20 gift certificate to a Berkeley culinary store or restaurant.
"She struck a hopeful nerve of possibility that I hadn’t felt in a long time." —Jia Tolentino, THE NEW YORKER
“How to Do Nothing is genuinely instructive, elaborating a practical philosophy to help us slow down and temporarily sidestep the forces aligned against both our mental health and long-term human survival.” —Akiva Gottlieb, LOS ANGELES TIMES
“Approachable and incisive. . . . The book is clearly the work of a socially conscious artist and writer who considers careful attention to the rich variety of the world an antidote to the addictive products and platforms that technology provides.” —Nicholas Cannariato, THE WASHINGTON POST
Learn about the principles and ecological benefits of natural stone building in your garden, including design principles and hands-on demonstrations of how to use relevant tools available from the Tool Lending Library.
After an extremely successful neighborhood branch improvement project that has led to increased use of the four branch libraries and positive outcomes for patrons, it is time for Central.
With the support of the Berkeley Public Library Foundation and its donors, and from Library Tax funding received in previous fiscal years that has been saved for this moment, soon the Library will begin improvements to sections of the Central Library’s first and second floors.
In the next few weeks you will see Library staff at Central hard at work preparing for the construction that will begin shortly.
COMFORTABLE SPACES - Beautifully designed areas for reading, studying and browsing our collections. Additional seating options of varied types on both the 1st & 2nd floors.
TEEN ROOM - Dedicated Teen Room on the 1st floor with engagement, programming, collections and learning opportunities for teens.
IMPROVED LIGHTING & FLOORING - Updated flooring on the 1st floor and lighting enhancements throughout the 1st & 2nd floors.
PLACES TO GATHER & LEARN - A public programming space on the 2nd floor easily accessible for all.
MORE BATHROOMS - Gender neutral bathrooms to ensure safe and comfortable access to bathrooms for everyone.
MODERNIZED COMPUTER AREA - Public computer area designed to enable laptop use alongside desktop access.
We will keep you posted throughout construction as to what expect.
These plans have been in the works since 2014... We look forward to experiencing the new spaces with you!