Jean Durham was cleaning out her study recently when she came across a copy of Sir Walter Scott's Lady of the Lake. Her mother had checked out the book in 1945 and was supposed to return it. It never happened.
For nine years, people who love plays have met Wednesdays at the Central Branch. The library arbitrarily changed the meeting to Fridays at the North Branch, which has made a lot of people unhappy.
The annual fundraising event this year honored a diverse group of nearly 30 Bay Area authors who are seen to enrich and enliven the local community.
Instead of having to provide proof of an address, patrons will now only have to show a picture ID. The roll-out of the Easy Access Cards begins this week.
Want to relax on a comfortable chair or couch and browse the internet? Need a laptop to use? A new space in the library's Central Branch provides that, and more.
The decision came after the library realized that the 11,000 people blocked from checking out books because of late fees came from Berkeley's lower-income neighborhoods.
Patrons can watch the night sky in a portable planetarium show, learn about urban farming, or take virtual-reality tours through the International Space Station or the human body.
The Friends bookstore is stocked with donations from the community. Some are re-donated. Most are sold for under $3 to support the Berkeley Library. A few are exciting discoveries.
The South Berkeley branch's name was changed in 2015, but the signage was only just installed this month.
A corporate push to de-emphasize books and stress digital learning and community spaces is at the heart of the problems roiling Berkeley's public library.
Library directors want to bring in an independent consultant to examine why the institution has been so troubled recently, including having three directors in just a few years.
Neither Heidi Dolamore nor the library board would talk about why she is leaving.