About the Library
The Berkeley Public Library supports the individual's right to know by providing free access to information.
The Central Library and four neighborhood Branch Libraries are committed to developing collections, resources, and services that meet the cultural, informational, recreational, and educational needs of Berkeley's diverse, multi-cultural community.
- The Library supports independent learning, personal growth, and the individual's need for information.
- Helpful and expert staff welcome the opportunity to provide quality library services and programs.
- The Berkeley Public Library -- an institution shaped by Berkeley's traditions, characteristics, and environment -- belongs to the entire community.
- Adopted by the Board of Library Trustees
Berkeley Public Library Staff and the Board of Library Trustees are excited to share news of new projects and services aimed at connecting with you, our community, to improve our Berkeley Public Library buildings, services, and programs.
The Berkeley Public Library is administered by a Board of Library Trustees [BOLT]. The BOLT is the only appointed administrative Board appointed by the City Council in the City of Berkeley. The Board of Library Trustees webpage has links to their meeting agendas and minutes from current and past meetings as well as contact information.
If you would like to make a comment or suggestion, or ask for more information about a program or department at the Berkeley Public Library, you may use any of the email addresses on the page, or, alternatively, you can use the public phone numbers - for hours and locations, click here.
For Library policies, please click here.
The Berkeley Public Library Foundation and Friends of the Berkeley Public Library help support the library. Learn more about these organizations and get involved!
The Berkeley Public Library has a wonderful group of enthusiastic volunteers who work with the public as Library Guides, Technology Helpers, and in other positions. Join them!