Recent News

MAY 30, 2021

May Newsletter

Learn about the incredible services the Library Staff have offered during the pandemic; announcing our new laptop lending program; and join our Fan Club for the chance to get a FREE tote!

APR 30, 2021

Spring Happenings

Spring updates include; our support of Urban Libraries’ statement against Anti-Asian Hate Crimes, announcing the Tool Lending Library’s expansion to include culinary items, and the launch of journalist Linda Schacht’s episode of Reading is Instrumental.

FEB 1, 2021

Virtual Celebrations, New Episodes, & Remembrances

Roman Mars to host March 6th virtual event. KTVU’s Gasia Mikaelian kicks off a new season of Reading Is Instrumental. We remember long time library supporter Nancy Park.

DEC 23, 2020

Berkeley Public Library Awarded 5 Stars by the Library Journal

The Berkeley Public Library received its first five-star rating, the highest rating awarded to public libraries in the USA, by the Library Journal (LJ). After an annual review of more than 5,600 libraries, the LJ spotlights the “best of the best” public libraries.

AUG 18, 2020

Welcome, Tess! Berkeley Public Library’s New Director

After a rigorous recruitment process, the Berkeley Public Library Board of Library Trustees (BOLT) has enthusiastically appointed Tess Mayer as the new Director of Library Services.

JUL 29, 2020

The Tool Lending Library is Back!

The Tool Lending Library is open again! You can check out everything from screwdrivers to orchard ladders to power tools. Click below for a complete list of available tools.

JUL 29, 2020

2020 Summer Reading Program

This summer, dig into a good book with the Berkeley Public Library’s Summer Reading Program, “Dig Deeper: Read, Investigate, Discover.” There are programs for adults, teens, and children.

JUL 17, 2020

Roses & Renewal

As summer blooms begin to peak this month, roses of every size, shape and color remind us of the beauty and awesome power of people coming together to make change. They also remind us of something else — the legacy of Rosa Shattuck.

JUN 17, 2020

Library Staff Step Up for Berkeley

“About one-third of Library staff have been assigned to COVID-19 disaster work since our buildings have been closed,” said Elliot Warren, director of library services.

APR 7, 2020

Tienne Lee Reflects on the Authors Dinner

Tienne Lee reflects on the 18th Annual Authors Dinner. Thanks to the outstanding authors, sponsors, donors, volunteers, and gifts from local businesses, the evening was a grand success.

MAR 20, 2020

Your Library at Home

The buildings of the Berkeley Public Library are currently closed. Your library card will still give you access to many online resources and learning tools. Visit the library’s large collection of ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, music, movies, virtual classes, and more. Check the BPL website and our most recent e-news for updates.

JAN 14, 2020

Library for a New Decade

Change is coming! In the days ahead, there will be many exciting transitions at our library. Be sure to read the latest newsletter about what’s coming up new at the library.

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–Carol & Tom Leonard, BPLF Donors

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