Support the Library
It takes a city to support the Library! Many citizens and organizations contribute to the health of the Berkeley Public Library.
The Berkeley Public Library Foundation was established in 1997. Its mission is to raise funds to support and enhance the facilities, programs, and services of the Berkeley Public Library. The Foundation's first and highly successful undertaking was to complete a $4.1 million capital campaign to fund furniture, fixtures and equipment for the 2002 renovation of the Central Library. Since that time, it has continued to raise funds for various Library projects. The Foundation recently launched, The Neighborhood Libraries Campaign to raise $3.5 million to assist with the Branch Library renovation program. The Foundation is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and currently has a paid staff of two. More information is available online: www.bplf.org
Friends of the Berkeley Public Library
The Friends of the Berkeley Public Library, established in the 1950's, is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to enhancing the Berkeley Public Library through fundraising and advocacy efforts. The Friends operate two used bookstores. Proceeds from the sale of books, plus memberships ($25 annually) and donations, support library programs and events. More information is available on the Friends' Website.
The Friends' Bookstores
|Channing Way Bookstore||Tuesday-Saturday|
|2433 Channing Way||10:00am-4:00pm|
|Berkeley, CA 94704||510-841-5604|
|Central Library Bookstore||Monday 12:00pm-4:00pm|
|2090 Kittredge Street||Tuesday-Saturday 10:00am-4:00pm|
|Berkeley, CA 94704||Sunday 2:00pm-4:00pm|
The Friends' Bookstores depend entirely on donations of books, CDs, DVDs and videos. Donations can be brought to the bookstores during business hours; call 510-841-5604 for pick-up of large donations. All items should be in good condition. Please, no mildewed, tattered, or underlined books; no LPs, cassettes, or magazines. Please check the Friends' Website for detailed book donation guidelines.
The Friends' Bookstores are staffed by more than 100 volunteers. Additional volunteers are always welcome. Leave your name and phone number at 510-981-6152 and the Friends will contact you.