About

The Berkeley Public Library has served the people of Berkeley since 1893, and looks forward to providing many more years of community service.

The Library is one of the most heavily used libraries in California, serving a local population of 115,403 and more from the surrounding area. (US Census Link http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/06/0606000.html)

The Central Library, located in downtown Berkeley, and four recently renovated branches ensure easy library access for residents in Berkeley’s many and diverse neighborhoods.

Our online annual report contains an overview of our programs and services we offer, budget and future goals.

Read more about the City of Berkeley.

Get a library card, visit one of our locations, attend a program, or explore our website for access to new material and featured events. We offer a variety of materials and services for all ages and interests from Storytimes to a Tool Lending Library. The Library's website gives 24/7 access to many services including:

  • downloading eBooks,
  • streaming music,
  • ordering books and other media through Encore, and Link+
  • reading magazines and newspapers online