Dear Supporters,

The City of Berkeley has taken further action to protect people and prevent the spread of COVID-19. The Public Health Order , similar to those in six other Bay Area communities, directs residents to shelter in place and limits activity, travel, and business functions to only the most essential needs.
A few things we thought you would want to know

All branches of the Library are closed until further notice. The Friends of the Berkeley Public Library bookstores are closed, and book donations are suspended. The Foundation office, located at the Central Library, is closed, and staff are working from home.
About Library Services

  • In-person outreach efforts are canceled until further notice. 

  • Book drops are closed. Please retain Library materials until the Library reopens.

  • Public service phone lines will not be answered, and responses to email queries will be slower than usual. 

About the Foundation

The Berkeley Public Library Foundation remains committed to helping the Library advance its mission to provide equitable access to reading, learning, and community engagement. Our board and staff will continue to work in supporting the Library in all the ways we can.
If you have recently made or mailed in a donation, THANK YOU!

And, it may be a few weeks before we can send you an official tax-receipt, but we will as soon as we can. If you have any questions, concerns, or just wondering what’s up, here are the best ways to reach us: 

General questions: email
Donation follow-up: email
Executive Director: email or call 510-981-6115.

In the weeks ahead let’s stay in touch (virtually!). Let us know how you are doing and how you think we can help. Be sure to look for our newsletters, messages, and social media posts.

Please take good care of yourselves, loved ones, and neighbors. We need each other more than ever and together--- with kindness and homegrown community we shall endure.  
Thinking of you today and always,

Kathy Huff, Executive Director