Berkeley Public Library stopped charging late fees for teen and adult books in 2018. Now, residents can check out tools, from ice cream makers to weed whackers, without worrying about overdue fees.
She started the Tool Lending Library, an adult literacy program and was the first library director in California to turn to voters to secure library tax funding.
The Tarea Hall Pittman/South Branch will open for in-person browsing on June 22 and the Claremont branch will open on June 28.
Patrons will be able to walk into the North Branch on May 28, the West Branch on June 7, and the Central Branch on June 15.
This week, watch a contemporary adaptation of The Seagull, attend the Bay Area Book Festival, and sip and sketch with an artist-engineer.
Jim Manheimer was reunited with his yearbook, which had been at the Berkeley Public Library, after the Wall Street Journal ran an article on the origins of the word “hella.”
The new director joins from the King County Library System in Washington, the busiest library system in the U.S.
Tess Mayer has been at the King County Library System since 2015. It was named “Library of the Year” in 2015 and is one of the busiest libraries in the U.S.
The Board of Library Trustees has interviewed three strong candidates and plans to select a director soon.
Patrons will be able to return checked-out books starting today.
As the library prepared to close for an indefinite amount of time, people rushed to stock up. Some walked out with a tower of books
Thousands of people a day, including many poor and homeless people, use the library as a refuge. There is no set time when it will reopen.