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Posted inCommunity, Events

Berkeley’s West Branch first ‘net zero’ library in the state

The West Branch of the Berkeley Public Library, which opened in Decemeber 2013, produced more energy that it used in 2014, and it has been officially anointed as the first “net zero” library in the state and only the third municipal building of its kind in the nation. “Libraries embody a community’s values,” Jeff Scott, […]

Posted inArts, Events

The It List: Five things to do in Berkeley this weekend

BERKELEY CITY COLLEGE 40TH ANNIVERSARY Berkeley may be best known for one of its higher-ed institutions, but this week a much-deserved spotlight will be trained on the other. Although it has gone by many different names over the years, Berkeley City College has been producing scholars for four decades. BCC’s 40th anniversary celebration will kick off Friday, Oct. 17, […]

Posted inArts, City, Community, Events

Photo gallery: Berkeley’s brand new West Branch library

On Saturday, Berkeley welcomed a new West Branch library at 1125 University Ave. (at San Pablo). Read all about it in our story published last week. And enjoy these superlative photographs by Richard Friedman, taken on opening day. Related: New, $7.5m Berkeley West Branch library to open Saturday (12.12.13) Berkeley Public Library South Branch: The […]

Posted inCity

Debate on future of two city libraries sparks concerns

A special joint meeting of Berkeley’s Zoning Adjustments Board (ZAB) and the Landmark Preservation Commission tonight will consider the final environmental impact reports (EIR) on the South and West branch libraries and their planned demolition. The plans approved by the Board of Library Trustees for new branch library buildings are the subject of a lawsuit […]