Patrons will be able to return checked-out books starting today.
As the library prepared to close for an indefinite amount of time, people rushed to stock up. Some walked out with a tower of books
Thousands of people a day, including many poor and homeless people, use the library as a refuge. There is no set time when it will reopen.
Diving into the lives of plants at UC Botanical Garden, grooving with the Electric Squeezebox Orchestra, or enjoying photos and ‘photo haigas’ in a café: just three of our weekend activity picks.
Library officials want people to fill out a survey so they can figure out which kitchen items to offer.
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.
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.