Berkeley Public Library branch hours to be extended

The South Branch of the Berkeley Public Library will add additional hours in December. Photo: Richard Friedman

The South Branch of the Berkeley Public Library will add additional hours in December, as will other branch libraries. Photo: Richard Friedman

The hours of Berkeley’s branch libraries will be extended later this fall, now that construction on all four is almost complete.

Starting Dec. 2, the North, Claremont, and South branches will be open four hours longer each week, according to library officials. They will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, Friday and Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday and from noon to 8 p.m. on Thursday. Currently, the branch libraries are open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday and from noon to 8 p.m. on Thursday.

When construction on the new West Branch is completed in December, it, too, will be open the longer hours.

BOLT, the Board of Library Trustees, has long wanted to extend the hours, according to a press release. Now that the branch construction is almost completed, it will happen.

“We are happy to be able to provide expanded access to our beautiful new branches,” said Donna Corbeil, Library Director, in the press release. “We hope lots of our cardholders will take advantage of our new Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning hours.”

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A peek at the renovations at Berkeley’s branch libraries (08.16.11)
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  • Shannon A.

    I would have preferred something to be done about the *horrible* Sunday hours at central. I mean, 1-5? C’mon. I constantly have to adjust my schedule to get there that late.

  • guest

    Think about it, it’s a huge library requiring many more staff people. It’s not financially feasible.

  • southwestberkeley

    This is great. I hope they consider adding a toddler story time on the weekends too. It is hard for working moms to get to a lot of the libraries’ events.

  • Claremont Branch user

    I only count 2 more hours (2 more hours on Tuesday) not 4…. or is it late and I misread?

  • Guest

    Two hours Tuesday evening and two hours Wednesday morning