West Branch, including Berkeley Reads
Construction has begun on this project, and the new Branch will open to the public in 2013. West Branch will be a brand new, brighter, more inviting building, creating a safe haven from the clamor of life along University Ave. and allowing for:
- More space and better accessibility for library programs.
- Greater visibility to residents not yet making use of this neighborhood resource, including the Indian and Latino populations that live and work nearby.
- Improved space for the Berkeley Reads adult literacy program—one of the touchstones of this branch.
(watch a video about Berkeley Reads)
- Net Zero Energy
The new West Branch will be one of the first Net-Zero Energy U.S. libraries. Rooftop solar panels, connected to the electric utility grid, will produce more energy over the course of a typical year than is required by the building to operate. The result: significant financial savings and a zero carbon footprint. (watch a video about the Net-Zero Energy plans for West Branch)
The Neighborhood Library Campaign will:
Provide more computers
Create better seating areas and additional table space
Allow for better-designed separation between adult and teen areas
See photos of the construction progress.
Watch the West Branch Project Video on Youtube
Read FAQs about the West Branch Project.
View the latest plans for the new West Branch.
Read FAQs about branch closures.
Trina Ostrander, Co-Chair
Fredrica Drotos, Co-Chair
—Ralph Walker, Former Berkeley Reads Student