April 11, 2014
Berkeley, April 11, 2014—The Berkeley Public Library has a great new service for patrons who love listening to music and watching videos—Freegal. All you need is your library card number to get free downloads and streaming of digital music and movies. What exactly is Freegal? It means “free and legal” music and movies now available through the Library’s website. Free for patrons, that is. This service is underwritten by your local library.
April 04, 2014
Berkeley, April 4, 2014—The Berkeley Public Library has launched its strategic planning process and would like your input on a variety of issues in order to better serve the needs of the Berkeley community over the next three years. Your feedback will inform the Library’s strategic planning efforts to help guide the Library’s future services and programs.
March 18, 2014
The Berkeley Public Library is pleased to announce that the award-winning design firm of Noll & Tam Architects and Planners has been selected to provide a full range of programmatic, architectural and design services for its Central Library. Renovations of the interior public spaces will improve the layout of collections, lighting, placement of the public computers, and address the need for quiet and group study areas, as well as adequate and appropriate space to meet the needs of teens and youth. After a competitive process, the firm was selected based on their extensive library design and building experience.
March 17, 2014
Berkeley, March 13, 2014 — Just five years after a landslide ‘Yes’ on bond Measure FF and an innovative Neighborhood Libraries Campaign partnership, Berkeley Public Library cardholders now have access to libraries of the future in every neighborhood in the City. This April, the Library celebrates advancing the value of libraries in the modern age by inviting the public to a month-long, system-wide librarywarming.
February 18, 2014
Dr. Bernie Krause, musician, naturalist and author of the 2012 book The Great Animal Orchestra: finding the origins of music in the world’s wild places, reflects on his lifelong pursuit to record the music of the natural world. Multimedia lecture with sound clips from his Wild Sanctuary archive – for all ages.
January 31, 2014
Berkeley, January 31, 2014 – Berkeley Public Library has launched its new website,, showcasing the Library’s connection to the community while providing easy access to its dynamic print, music, film and digital collections. As part of the development of the new site, the Library’s web team involved staff and members of the community from the beginning: soliciting input, conducting user testing and collecting and analyzing survey data.
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February 03, 2014
Berkeley, February 3, 2014. The Berkeley Public Library annual report covering the 2013 fiscal year is now available electronically on the library’s website. The report, in narrative and photographs documents the various programs and activities of the library and a fiscal summary. This year’s theme is a year of progress and innovation.
January 21, 2014
The Berkeley Public Library will continue offering its free job counseling in 2014. Experienced Career Counselors from North Cities One Stop will provide drop-in career counseling the fourth Wednesday of every month at 2:00. p.m. in the Central Library’s Third Floor Electronic Classroom.
January 17, 2014
Bay Area artist Charles Curtis Blackwell exhibits paintings and drawings exploring themes of Africa and the jazz aesthetic at the Central Library from February 10th – April 20th, 2014. Blackwell will speak about his work and his personal journey as a legally blind artist during an Artist Talk on Sunday, February 23rd at 2:00 p.m. in the 3rd floor Community Meeting Room of the Central Library.
January 14, 2014
Have questions about the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care act? Join us on Friday, February 7th from 2:00- 4:00 p.m. in the Teen Room at the Claremont Branch at 2940 Benvenue at Ashby for help understanding how this new law impacts you.
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