Berkeley Public Library, Berkeley

Berkeley Public Library, Berkeley

The Berkeley Public Library is the public library system for Berkeley. It consists of the Central Branch, the North Branch, Claremont Branch, South Branch, and West Branch.

Berkeley Public Library opened in 1893 on Shattuck Avenue with 264 books. In 1905, the library moved to a new brick building on Shattuck Avenue at 2090 Kittredge Street. The new library was funded by Andrew Carnegie and built on land donated by Rosa M. Shattuck, the widow of Francis K. Shattuck. Immediately following the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and the resulting population surge from across the Bay, the library opened four other branches around Berkeley.

In 1930, the library was demolished and a new design from architect James W. Plachek was approved. Construction of the new building began in 1931. The new central library opened in 1934, where it remains.
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Sight Name: Berkeley Public Library
Sight Location: Berkeley, USA (See walking tours in Berkeley)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Berkeley, California

Create Your Own Walk in Berkeley

Create Your Own Walk in Berkeley

Creating your own self-guided walk in Berkeley is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Berkeley Introduction Walking Tour

Berkeley Introduction Walking Tour

The Ohlone people were the original inhabitants of the area that is now known as Berkeley, California. Many of them were casualties of the presence of the first settlers of European descent who arrived with the De Anza Expedition of 1776.

Among the soldiers in this expedition was Luis Peralta, who was gifted the land that would become Berkeley by the King of Spain. Peralta gifted the land to...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 Km or 1.4 Miles
Telegraph Avenue Shopping

Telegraph Avenue Shopping

Berkeley is a colorful and joyful city that offers a great variety of places to shop. Telegraph Avenue is the best shopping area in the city, featuring Rasputin and Amoeba Music, the originality of Berkeley Hat, Bear Basics, Bancroft Clothing and many others. Great gift shops featuring unique items are plentiful on this wonderful street. Take this self-guided walking tour to check them out!

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.6 Km or 0.4 Miles
Berkeley's Historic Landmarks Walking Tour

Berkeley's Historic Landmarks Walking Tour

Berkeley is famous for the amount of wonderful structures it has listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Churches, old private houses, buildings of historical importance and other impressive edifices are all representative of Berkley’s architectural beauty. Take this self-guided walking tour to explore the most notable historical landmarks in Berkeley.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.5 Km or 2.8 Miles
University of California in Berkeley Walking Tour

University of California in Berkeley Walking Tour

The campus of the University of California is the core of Berkeley's treasures. Its design is the result of a 1898 architectural competition. Buildings possess their unique history and have their own stories to tell. Follow this self-guided campus tour to appreciate the architectural beauty of this world-renowned higher education institution.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 Km or 1.9 Miles