About the Library
- Established in 1928 by the Berkley Women's Club
- Originally built in 1964
- Renovated and expanded in 1998
- Building size: 15,000 square feet
- Collection: 85,000 items, including
- 60,000 hardcover books
- 10,000 paperback books
- 5,500 DVDs
- 2,500 audiobooks
- 2,700 CDs
Roughly 400 items are added to the Library's collection each month!
- Storytimes for toddlers and preschoolers
- Craft programs for preschoolers and school-age children
- Educational and cultural programs for adults, children, and teens
- Adult book discussion groups
- Downloadable audio and e-books
Friends of the Library
- Established in the 1940s and incorporated as a 501c3 nonprofit
- Approximately 200 members
- Donates approximately $8,000-$10,000 to the library annually
- Sponsors two book sales each year as well as adult programs
Visit the Friends page by clicking here.
Library Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):
How do I get a Library Card?
To be eligible for a Berkley Public Library card, you must live, work, or own property in Berkley. Stop by the Circulation Desk and present valid ID to get your card.
Children under 18 must fill out an application, and a parent or legal guardian must be present to provide valid ID and sign the application.
If you are not a resident of Berkley, you must visit your home library to obtain a card.
Can I purchase a non-resident card?
If you do not live within The Library Network's service area, you can purchase a nonresident card for $125 that will be valid at this library only for one year.
What if I have a Library card from a different Library?
The Berkley Public Library is a member of The Library Network (TLN). Many of the libraries in TLN offer borrowing privileges to Berkley Public Library cardholders and this library will offer borrowing privileges to residents of most other TLN communities.
What are the overdue fines?
Berkley Public Library is a fine free library. Overdue fees are not charged for items returned after the due date. A replacement fee will be charged if an item is long overdue.
If an item is out, can I be placed on a waiting list? How does that work?
As long as you have a valid library card, you may be put on a waiting list for items that are checked out. You can either ask a librarian to do it or do it yourself through the library catalog.
If the Library does not have a book, can it be delivered to the Berkley Public Library from another Library?
If you have a valid library card, books that are checked out or that the library does not own can be requested through our inter-library loan service. The item will be delivered to the Berkley Library for you to pick up. You can either ask a librarian to do it or do it yourself.
Please check the library's catalog first. If you do not find it in the catalog, try MeLCat, the statewide library catalog and delivery service.
Does the Library have a fax machine for patron use?
Yes. Faxes are $1.00 per page to send or receive. To receive a fax, have it sent to 248.658.3441 and pick it up at the Circulation Desk.
To send a fax, ask a member of the circulation staff for help.
Does the Library offer free Wi-Fi?
Yes, Wi-Fi is available throughout the building. To connect, select "Library Wifi" as the network name.
May I donate items to the Library? How do I donate?
Donations of books, DVDs, CDs, and audiobooks are gratefully accepted. the library accepts recent items that are in good condition. Items that cannot be used at the library will be donated to the Friends of the Library for their booksales.
The library does not accept textbooks, Readers Digest condensed books, old encyclopedias, or books that are dusty, musty, dirty, or in poor condition. You may bring the items to the front desk or notify the staff if you have a number of boxes. A receipt can be provided for tax purposes.
For more information, visit our donations page.
Can I get something notarized at the Library?
No. The library does not have a notary service.
Does the Library sell flash drives, stamps or envelopes?
Flash drives are available for purchase at the circulation desk. The library does not sell office supplies or stamps.
Does the Library have a homebound service?
The library provides a FREE delivery service for homebound visually and/or physically impaired residents of Berkley. Eligible patrons may call to request books which are then delivered to the home. Residents interested in learning about this service may call the library for further information.
Who can recommend a good book?
Librarians are specially trained to assist you with recreational reading choices. Call or stop by the adult or children’s desks any time and our librarians will be happy to make suggestions.
Can I use the subscription research sources from home?
Michigan eLibrary (MeL) has a number of databases available to all Michigan residents. Click here to start your search.