Berkeley Public Library Foundation

Berkeley Public Library Foundation

Why Libraries Matter

A safe haven for connection, mastery, tool lending, and more.

Libraries are where we connect. They connect us to each other, our community, and the world.

A child mastering the alphabet during story hour … a teen doing homework in a safe environment … a retiree settling into a comfortable chair with a new book … an adult connecting to the internet to find a job.

Today there are over 1.3 million visits to Berkeley’s Central and branch libraries. People of all ages go to enjoy books and media, get help learning to read, develop job skills, and much, much more.

The library offers a hand to small businesses, provides help at tax time, and lends tools to build and improve Berkeley.

Libraries are community hubs for information, technology, cultural exploration, and community building.  Art, music, film, and craft events are part of the many programs offered.  Authors come to meet and speak with readers. Science, math, and engineering programs are also becoming part of a new wave of daily operations.

Libraries make a community. And a community makes a library. Thanks to a community that cares we have one of the best right here in Berkeley.

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