West Branch, including Berkeley Reads
Construction is now completed on West! The new Branch is open to public. West Branch is now 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 is 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 has:
Provided more computers
Created better seating and additional table space
Allowed for better-designed separation between adult and teen areas
Trina Ostrander, Co-Chair
Fredrica Drotos, Co-Chair
—Ralph Walker, Former Berkeley Reads Student