Berkeley Public Library South Branch: The opening

“The library, designed by architects Field Paoli at a cost of $6.5 million, includes the city’s Tool Lending Library. It is significantly larger than the old library building and energy efficient. Supporters, library-goers and Berkeley government officials turned out in force to mark the occasion.”

Continue reading “Berkeley Public Library South Branch: The opening,” by Tracey Taylor, Berkeleyside, May 13, 2013.


More photos by Richard Friedman in his gallery: South Branch Berkeley Public Library Re-Opening

Berkeley library stays relevant with shift to digital

Photo: Kaia Diringer

“As Donna Corbeil, the library’s director, put it in the library’s annual report, ‘library spaces have moved far beyond the traditional hushed reading room.’ Instead of just offering books at brick and mortar locations, the library is providing services to ‘Berkeley’s continuum of learning and inspiration,’ according to Corbeil.

“This means lending books, magazines, music, and films the way people want them, whether from traditional paper book format to downloadable eBooks and music, to online digital formats.”

Read more: “Berkeley library stays relevant with shift to digital,” at Berkeleyside, February 25, 2013.

 

New look for Bayview branch library

The interior of the new Bayview Branch. Photo: Jessica Olthof, The Chronicle

“The new 9,000-square-foot space has windows that go from the floor to the 15-foot-high ceiling and is one of only two branches to have a living roof, which can be partially seen from inside. It will have twice as many books as the old branch, a space for teenagers already stocked with manga and 25 computers for public use, up from only six before. The history of the Bayview is also a focus, with Afrocentric tiles on the walls and panels outside that show landmarks like Sam Jordan’s bar and the shipyards.”

Read more at “Grand opening of Bayview branch library,” San Francisco Chronicle, February 20,, 2013.