Services and Resources
Encore, the new Berkeley Public Library Catalog
Encore is a new way of searching the Library’s catalog. Just enter a search term into the Encore search box to discover books, videos, audiobooks, articles and more on the topic you have entered. Encore helps to narrow down searches by facet such as format, publication year, location and more. Berkeley Public Library’s Encore system integrates a service called Research Pro which allows you to easily discover newspaper and magazine articles on your topic while searching for traditional library printed materials such as books. Here are resources to help familiarize everyone with Encore:
Why Encore? (PDF) FAQ (HTML) Encore Help Center (HTML) Encore QuickStart Guide (Includes "Managing My Account") (PDF)
Ever wanted to download and listen to an audiobook, or listen to classical, early american folk, or world music, online for free? Do this and more with the Library's Online Resources--reference, research and learning resources purchased for use by members of the Berkeley Public Library community. Most resources can be accessed from home by library card holders.
Looking for a new author in a favorite genre? Eager to share your opinions about the books you read? Need help compiling a reading list as your prepare for a trip or a research project? Check out our Reading Suggestions page for services and resources to help you find just the right book.
Including Visual & Performing Arts, as well as Sports & Games.
Berkeley Reads is the adult literacy program of the Berkeley Public Library. We offer a variety of services to English-speaking adults who want to improve their basic reading and writing skills. Most adult literacy students participate in one-to-one tutoring with trained volunteers; we also offer family literacy programming for students with small children, computer-assisted learning, small group instruction, periodic workshops and student leadership opportunities.
Extended services are available to persons with disabilities including extended periods for borrowing materials; home delivery; dedicated computer workstations equipped with adaptive technology; extended time at adaptive computers; and a variety other assisted technologies and accomodations. Visit our Disability Resources page for information about these services.
The Library has books, magazines, newspapers, and music in several languages. The Central Library has books for adults in Arabic, Chinese, French, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, and Urdu. The Children's Library has books in some of these languages, too. The Branch libraries have small collections of books in Spanish and Chinese. You can look in the Library's Catalog for books, magazines, newspapers in these languages. The catalog uses Roman script only. Languages that do not use Roman script are shown there in transliteration.
|Arabic||Books||Movies on DVD||Movies on VHS||Music CDs|
|Chinese||Books||Movies on DVD||Movies on VHS||Music CDs|
|French||Books||Movies on DVD||Movies on VHS||Music CDs|
|German||Books||Movies on DVD||Movies on VHS||Music CDs|
|Italian||Books||Movies on DVD||Movies on VHS||Music CDs|
|Japanese||Books||Movies on DVD||Movies on VHS||Music CDs|
|Korean||Books||Movies on DVD||Movies on VHS||Music CDs|
|Portuguese||Books||Movies on DVD||Movies on VHS||Music CDs|
|Russian||Books||Movies on DVD||Movies on VHS||Music CDs|
||Movies on DVD||Movies on VHS||Music CDs|
|Urdu||Books||Movies on DVD||Movies on VHS||Music CDs|
|Vietnamese||Books||Movies on DVD||Movies on VHS||Music CDs|