Board of Library Trustees
The five-member Board, appointed by the City Council, is charged with management and governance of the Library. The Board meets monthly to formulate major policies and long-range plans for the Library. Members serve four-year terms. Susan Kupfer, Chair Carolyn Henry Golphin Ying Lee Terry Powell, Vice Chair Darryl Moore, City Councilmember www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org/about_the_library/bolt/bolt.ph www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org/about_the_library/bolt/bolt.php
he past year has been an exciting one for the Berkeley Public Library. We’ve continued to develop our collections and services to better meet the needs of the city’s diverse, multi-cultural community. With over 1,000 programs for audiences of all ages, the Library brought tens of thousands of people in to listen, learn, laugh, sing, and read, and we’ve brought the Library to the people, with our community outreach projects. From free book giveaways to summer reading programs for teens to discussions and lectures on books in Spanish to our adult literacy program, the Library continues to bring culture, information, recreation, and education to Berkeley. The year’s accomplishments would not have been possible without our amazing staff. We salute all of our over 150 employees, each committed to supporting excellence in library service. We celebrated National Library Workers Day this past April, in recognition of all staff does everyday to serve the Berkeley community. Last fiscal year staff provided a total of 14,164 hours of public service, with the Central Library open seven days a week and the Claremont, North, South, and West branches open six days a week. The 2006/2007 fiscal year was an outstanding success for the Library, but we won’t stop there. 2008 brings new long-range plans for an accessible, updated, and improved library, with many opportunities for valuable input from our patrons. We’re proud to share this report of FY 2006/2007 with you and look forward to connecting with our community in the coming months to plan the future of the Berkeley Public Library. — Donna Corbeil Director of Library Services
Friends of the Library
The Friends of the Berkeley Public Library is an important nonprofit partner organization that supports the public library by funding educational, cultural, and outreach programs, including the annual Children’s Summer Reading program. The Friends of the Library raises funds through the operation of two book sale outlets, one located in the lobby of the Central Library and a larger store on Channing Way, and in 2007, donated over $86,000 to support free community programs and events. Amy Roth, President, Board of Directors www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org/about_the_library/support_the_ library.php
Berkeley Public Library Foundation
The Berkeley Public Library Foundation is a non-profit partner that has historically focused on supporting rehabilitation and renovations of Berkeley Public Library branches. In 2007 the Foundation donated $100,000 to supplement the library materials budget, the final payment of a $300,000 commitment to raise money for library materials. The Authors Dinner, held each winter, celebrates the Bay Area’s uniquely vibrant literary community and raises funds that directly aid the Library. Linda Gage, President, Board of Directors Roxanne Figueroa, Executive Director www.bplf.org
BERKELEY PUBLIC LIBRARY ANNUAL REPORT 2007
• During the 2007 fiscal year 1,339,327 visits were made to Berkeley Public Library sites, an increase of nearly 10 percent from the previous year. • The number of registered borrowers rose nearly 8 percent to 94,053. • Circulation of Library materials rose over 4 percent to 1,609,726. • The Library held over 1400 public programs at Library facilities and at other community locations, with a total attendance of 35,435. Of these programs, nearly 1,200 were for preschool or school-age audiences, encouraging good reading habits and promoting lifelong library use among young people. • A total collection of over 325,000 books; over 75,000 movies and music CDs and tapes; 60 online databases; and over 1,400 magazine and periodical subscriptions. • The Tool Lending Library, a unique and popular resource, added 375 items to its already extensive collection of tools for carpentry and woodworking, gardening and digging, concrete and masonry work, drywalling, carpet-laying, electrical work, and plumbing.
Service and Program Highlights
The Library invites the community into our spaces to enjoy the many programs and services we offer. Library staff also visits schools, senior centers, community centers, and the elderly at their home or in group care facilities, all in an effort to connect with the community in the ways that meet their needs and to promote library services. • The Central Children’s Library unveiled the magnificent new tapestry Kaleidoscope. The event recognized Giorgia Neidorf, who generously donated the tapestry in honor of her son Max, and Elisa Kleven, on whose art the tapestry is based. The tapestry celebrates children’s books, the public library, and the Berkeley community, together in one beautiful work of art. • Hundreds of Berkeley children participated in the 2007 Summer Reading Program Get a Clue @ Your Library. Thousands of books were read for prizes, and children and their families attended many wonderful programs. • The Library presented “Jazz on a Monday Afternoon,” a six-part monthly program showcasing rare European archival jazz footage. One of only 50 libraries in the country to have access to the amazing films, the Library received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to produce the series. The program, which attracted a large, enthusiastic, and diverse audience, featured the films, lively discussions, and live music. • Hundreds of people from teens on up participated in the Library’s citywide reading programs. With free book givaways, lectures, blogs, discussions, and cultural events, the Library had people from all over Berkeley reading and talking about the remarkable bestsellers, Funny in Farsi, by Firoozeh Dumas, and The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini. • The Central Children‘s Library, along with community partners, hosted its second annual Dia de los niños/Dia de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day) celebration. Over 250 people came to hear local musicians, create craft projects, and receive free books.
The Berkeley Public Library’s operating budget is comprised of revenues from the Library Services Tax (largest percent), grants, fines and fees, gift funds, donations from our two major support organizations and individuals, and awards from the California State Library. The Library also has an accrued fund balance from which it can draw in order to supplement the annual library tax and other revenues when developing the budget. Fiscal Year 2007 (July 1, 2006 through June 30, 2007) Proposed budget report and projections, May 2006 anticipated revenues $13,188,811 adopted expenditure authority $14,473,168 beginning fund balance $1,995, 593 Year-end report, September 2007 final total revenues $12,773,053 final total expenditures $13,033,969 carry forward fund balance $1,247,884 Projections: In July 2007 the Berkeley City Council approved an increase in the Library Services Tax for Fiscal Year 2008 of approximately 4 percent, as it did in the previous year. The Library expects to maintain a surplus fund balance through FY2011; rising personnel and operational costs could affect this projection. Creating a stable budget environment and identifying funding to address branch facility inadequacies are among the Library’s major financial goals.
• More open hours at the Central Library. The Central Library expanded public service hours, increasing from 52 to 54 hours weekly, thereby improving access for class visits by school-age patrons. • From home or anywhere — online fine payment. The Library launched a “Pay Your Fines Online” service that offers Library users the convenience of paying their fines anytime, from anywhere through the Library’s website. • Free wireless access. WiFi access is now available at all Berkeley Public Library locations. • Access to more books! Berkeley Public Library joined the Link+ consortium, a resource sharing service between California and Nevada libraries. Patrons can now request materials online from library collections totaling over more than 65 million books and government documents — for free. • New historical digital image database. With the help of grant funds the Library launched the Berkeley History Online Database,, a resource of digitized images of Berkeley, accessible via the library’s website. The Library partnered with the University of California’s Online Archive of California to complete this project.
The Library in 2008
In 2008 the Berkeley Public Library will undertake two major planning initiatives: • Work with the firm, Noll & Tam Architects of Berkeley to develop a 20-year Branch Library Master Facility Plan. This plan will assess the current physical condition of the four branch libraries and the tool library and make recommendations concerning upgrades and modernization needs. • Create a three-year Library Strategic Plan that will describe the Library’s long-range needs, goals and service priorities. Together these two community efforts will set a direction for our future. We are excited about the prospect of engaging the community in a discussion about their Library!