Access to Berkeley Public Library has never been easier. If you have a book you have not returned despite it being long overdue, now is the time! The Library no longer charges fines on books, DVDs, and audio books. During the month of September, we will waive any billing fees on the materials you return as well. Please check with any staff member for details!
Beyond access to the Library's collection of books and media, your library card has lots of uses outside of the library. Access dozens of museums across Northern California through Discover & Go. Looking for access to thousands of downloadable books, audiobooks, and magazines? How about streaming music, movies, or TV shows? Check out the resources on our Downloads & Streaming page from the comfort of your own home.
And as always, if you can't find your library card, please come to any of our facilities to get a free replacement card!
Bay Area Outreach & Recreation Program advances the lives of people with physical disabilities through sports and recreational activities. Join us for a discussion.
Friends of the Library Bookstore Sale
The Friends of the Library Bookstore in the Channing garage just off Telegraph will have an enormous sale of books on art and architecture and monographs, beginning September 18. There will be hundreds of items, priced from 50¢ to $5, many from a recently-donated private collection. The store is open 10-4, Tuesday through Saturday, and the first hour of parking in the garage is free.
We are participating in a federally-funded initiative to increase the role of public libraries as science resource centers. Please take a few minutes to take this survey, to help us understand how you use the library and to gain your perspective on how the Library can support science literacy on a daily basis.
An exciting step towards improving the user experience of the Central Library, The Commons includes an array of comfortable seating and table options, increased numbers of electrical outlets to support device charging, and a 12-laptop lending machine for immediate, self-service access to state-of-the-art technology.To highlight and welcome patrons to The Commons, the Library is holding an all-ages celebration featuring a block-building challenge for children, a concert by local performers of the musical collective Hoot, face painting, and a scavenger hunt with prizes for individuals and families.