Back side of North Branch. There used to be a tiny staff room and steps from the Children's room here. Photos: BPL

The Berkeley Public Library has been writing a blog to keep patrons updated on the renovations to the North and Claremont branches of the library. These are photos from that site. The two branches were closed in April 2011. Claremont branch renovations should be done by end of year, according to library director Donna Corbeil, and the North branch will be completed by spring 2012.  The library is also posting weekly updates on the construction on its website.

The opening where the teen room used to be. It will be converted into a processing room, staff work room, and stairs to the lower floor community meeting space.

Claremont Branch

In the historic wing, the corners of the room have been exposed in order to strengthen them. The retrofitting of the branch is well under way.

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