North Berkeley Branch Library
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Squirreleen
N 37° 53.121 W 122° 16.525
10S E 563715 N 4193341
Quick Description: One of four branch libraries in the Berkeley Public Library system located at 1170 The Alameda at Hopkins Street. It is an architectural gem and a delightfully comfortable place to browse.
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 6/4/2008 5:20:53 PM
Waymark Code: WM3Y82
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member JDandDD
Views: 14

Long Description:
The North Berkeley Branch Library is of four branch libraries in the Berkeley Public Library system which also includes main library located downtown and a tool lending library located next to South Branch. North Branch is located on a tree-shaded triangle of land formed at the intersection of The Alameda, Hopkins Street, and Josephine Street. The building itself is an architectural delight and is a City Landmark.

The Landmark Plaque outside the building reads:

City of Berkeley Landmark
Designated 2001
North Branch Berkeley Public Library
James W. Plachek, Architect
1936
North Branch Library is one of Berkeley's many civic buildings by James Plachek, including the Central Library (1930), the Claremont Branch Library (1924), and John Muir School (1919). Well sited in a triangular park, the building offers a harmonious gateway to the surrounding Northbrae neighborhood. It was designed in the Spanish Revival style with a low-pitched red tile roof, central tower, and deeply inset windows. The project was funded by the Federal Works Progress Administration and the city. When it opened, the civic leaders proclaimed this "one of the most beautiful public buildings in the City of Berkeley."
Berkeley Historical Plaque Project
2004.
Classification of Library: Public Library (Open to all)

Internet access available: Yes - Your Laptop: Free

Hours of Operation:
Mon - Tue: 10-6 Wed - Thu: 12-8 Fri - Sat: 10-6 Sun: Closed


Approximate date of opening.: 01/01/1936

Library Website: [Web Link]

Additional Internet Connection Options: Not listed

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