This warm and inviting branch counts among its regulars a well-educated student population, including many immigrants, along with neighborhood families who value the library and enjoy its services. Construction began in 2011, and the Branch reopened in May of 2012. Bond funds enabled a much needed revitalization of the Branch, including

A comprehensive and necessary seismic upgrade and a rebuilt interior to open up congestion, especially at the hold and check-out areas

The Neighborhood Libraries Campaign has helped transform the Claremont Branch by funding crucial interior improvements, including

  • Modern computer stations provide Internet access for all Berkeley residents.
  • Interactive “playblocks”—bright, oversized cubes designed by literacy specialists.
  • Whiteboards, furniture and other additions to a new, teens-only space.
  • Vintage tables and chairs of solid wood and wrought iron, restored by local craftspeople in the reading rooms.
  • Learn More:

    FAQs about the Claremont Branch Project
    View the latest plans of the Claremont Branch.
    FAQs about branch closures.


    Mary O’Neill
    Susan Aaron
    Abigail Franklin
    Dori Hale
    John Hood
    Nancy Raff
    Sarah Rosenbach
    Lisa Scherman

    “Before I retired, I used to subscribe to a great many magazines. Now I come here to read them while my son uses the computer. The collection here is wonderful, and the library is kept spotless. I’m a retired librarian myself, and I can see that this is an excellent branch, and a nice place to sit and read.”
    —Betty Merritt, Patron,
    Claremont Branch