Help us fold 1,000 origami cranes to send to Japan in the spirit of peace and brotherhood. Enjoy a reading from Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes and listen to koto music by Shirley Kazuyo Muramoto and friends.
Folksinger Tim Holt presents a program on the life of Woody Guthrie in words and music. You will be invited to sing along on songs that include "This Land is Your Land," "So Long," and "I Ain't Got No Home."
Make an appointment for up to 30 minutes of one-on-one training with a Library staff member at Tarea Hall Pittman South, Claremont or West. Give us a call to schedule.
Attend drop-in help sessions at three locations throughout August:
Central: Mondays at 6pm & Thursdays at 10am
North: Wednesday, August 28 at 10am & Saturday, August 31 at 11am
West: Monday-Friday from 10-2 drop-in training
Link+ is temporarily unavailable.
We know how valuable Link+ is for our patrons and we are doing everything we can to work with the vendor to expedite a return to service.
The vendor is not yet clear on when the service will be up and running again. We will update you as soon as we learn more. You can always check the Link+ category on our patron support page for the latest news.
In the meantime, thank you for your patience; we are fully committed to a resolving this as quickly as possible.
Do you have a library card for Alameda County Library or for other nearby libraries like Oakland, Albany, El Cerrito or San Francisco? You can use Link+ through a variety of systems during Berkeley Public Library's temporary suspension of Link+ service. Click here for the list of Link+ Member Libraries.
All Berkeley Public Library patrons now have unlimited access to the Great Coursesin Kanopy, the Library's newest on-demand video streaming service. NO play credits will be deducted as you stream this valuable content.
There is a great diversity of course material available to stream. For example, check out:
Note: Unlimited access is only for the Great Courses series. A limit of 7 "plays" per calendar month in Kanopy for the other 30,000+ films Kanopyoffers does still apply.
Berkeley Public Library Led the Way
"Fine Free" One Year Anniversary
It has been one year since the Berkeley Public Library has gone "fine free" for Teen and Adult materials (children's materials have long been "fine free"). "Fine free" means that we do not charge for overdue materials but we do still charge if patrons lose items.
Now many other Bay Area library systems have announced "fine-free" policies including:
San Francisco Public Library
Alameda County Library
Oakland Public Library
Marin County Library
Contra Costa County Library
Sonoma County Library
We are proud to have been the first in the Bay Area.
Our "fine free" policy went into effect last July as part of the Library's ongoing commitment to accessibility, diversity, equity and inclusion.Studies show that fines disproportionately impact low-income communities and communities of color.
In the past year since the "fine free" policy went into effect the percent of late returns has not increased. Over ten thousand library card holders whose borrowing privileges were suspended due to fines are able to check out materials.