Berkeley Public Library Foundation

Berkeley Public Library Foundation

Why Libraries Matter

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

Stories inspire us to discover and enrich our lives. Here are three examples of how our community library shapes and inspires. Watch Randy’s path toward literacy, the creative and professional paths of filmmaker Saul Zaentz, and stage director/actor Joy Carlin, along with award winning playwright Anne Washburn.

Stories like these are why we’ve created the Generation Fund. Learn more…

Saul Zaentz – No books, no life. Know books, know life.

Director Joy Carlin with Playwright Anne Washburn

Today there are over 1.3 million visits to Berkeley’s Central and branch libraries. Our libraries are community hubs for information, technology, cultural exploration, and community building. People of all ages go to enjoy books and media, get help learning to read, and develop job skills. Authors meet and speak with readers. Science, math, and engineering programs have become part of a new wave of daily operations. The library offers a hand to small businesses, provides help at tax time, and lends tools to build and improve Berkeley. Art, music, film, and craft events are part of the many programs offered and so much more.

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

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