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20 Great Reasons to Support the Library

Twenty things to love about the Berkeley Public Library

  1. Over 480,000 books to choose from!
  2. You can get the tools you need to complete that special home project.
  3. Looking for a job? Make your resume shine with free workshops with an expert.
  4. Friendly and knowledgeable (librarians/Library staff) always there to guide and share their expertise.
  5. Newcomers can learn English, or check out books in their own language.
  6. Music lovers gather to meet musicians, check out CD's, find sheet music, or enjoy the extensive collection of vinyl records.
  7. Visiting artists are on hand to share their craft and nurture creativity.
  8. Need legal advice? Stop by on visiting volunteer lawyer days.
  9. Have the world of information at your fingertips with access to technology like computers, tablets, and more.
  10. Check out, stream, or attend screenings of 1,000s of incredible movies.
  11. Meet a favorite author or discover a new literary voice.
  12. Bring the whole family along to enjoy story times or countless other events for kids and their grow-ups.
  13. Meeting rooms and a computer classroom help nonprofits and small businesses get their work done.
  14. Teens have a place to call their own at four neighborhood locations, soon a dynamic new teen space at Central will make five.
  15. Plenty of opportunities for aspiring young writers to hone their craft.
  16. It's a place always on the move making library cards and wireless available to anyone with a traveling "Library on Wheels".
  17. Explore all the Bay area has to offer with free or discounted passes to museums, the zoo, and more.
  18. Download and stream great books, magazines, music and movies from the comfort of your own home.
  19. By-pass "fake news" and become better informed with access the libraries vast supply of reliable news sources.
  20. Coming soon! Boosting science literacy for all ages with new programs and makerspaces.

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Make a $1,000 or more gift to the Foundation and become a member of the Rosa Shattuck Circle of sustaining donors!

In 1903, Rosa Shattuck, a Berkeley pioneer and lifelong public library supporter, secured the funding and donated the land for Berkeley's first permanent public library. Make a sustaining gift to the Berkeley Public Library Foundation and become a member of the Rosa Shattuck Circle today! Circle donors enjoy special events and benefits throughout the year.