Community Information

Welcome to the BPL's Community Information page! Here you will find information about the Village of Berkeley, area schools, community groups, and more.

Community FAQs

  • Voting Information: Using the Cook County Clerk's Office website will allow you to register to vote as well as verify your polling place once you're registered. The Berkeley Library currently serves as the polling place for Precinct 71 of Proviso Township. Please note: we are not an in-person early voting site. The nearest early voting site is at Bellwood Village Hall, 3200 Washington Boulevard. For questions regarding early voting, please contact the Suburban Elections office of the Cook County Clerk's office at (312) 603-5645.

  • Passports: The Berkeley Library is not currently authorized as a passport service location. You can find nearby locations as well as forms related to new applications or renewals at Travel.State.Gov

  • Proviso Township: Township offices provide information on tax assessments, the Clerk's Office (variety of public records), senior services, and youth services. 

  • Berkeley-Hillside Chamber of Commerce: The Berkeley-Hillside Chamber of Commerce is located at 4850 Butterfield Road and provides networking and support for businesses in the area. 

  • Berkeley Park District: The park district district offers classes and activities for all ages. The park district's building is located at 1200 Lind Avenue. Be sure to visit their website for a complete list of programs available 

Local History

The Berkeley Public Library hosts a small collection of items from the community's history. Most items are related to the library itself, but there are also photos and documents related to the Village of Berkeley, area organizations, and neighboring communities. This material is currently being digitized and will be made available on our Local History page

Village of Berkeley

The Village of Berkeley website can be found here. Berkeley Village Hall is located at 5819 Electric Avenue.

Information relating to public meetings and the Board of Trustees for the Village of Berkeley can be found on the Agendas and Meetings page.

 

If you're a resident of Berkeley and interested in the online bill pay option, please click here for access to that portal. 

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Community Groups

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Berkeley Neighborhood Watch: The neighborhood watch movement began in 1970 to involve citizens in crime prevention. Our local organization, Berkeley Neighborhood Watch, Inc., is a citizens' organization which works under the auspices of the Berkeley Police Department. Currently, the police liaison is Officer William Castellano and the Village Representative is Trustee Jerry Perez. The organization presents crime prevention seminars on the third Thursday of each month (February through December) at the Berkeley Public Library. For meeting dates and topics, you can check our events calendar, the Berkeley Connects newsletter, email us at berkeleyneighborhoodwatch@outlook.com, or follow us on Facebook

Berkeley Community Garden Club: The BCGC has deep roots in our village, and continues its work today! Club members meet regularly to share seeds/plants, organize special events, and help each other with strategies/advise related to all things in the garden! The club also operates the community garden which is located on St. Charles Road, just east of McDonalds. Private plots are available, contact the Garden Club for more information

Berkeley Elementary District 87 

Berkeley Elementary District 87 includes four elementary schools, two middle schools, and serves approximately 2,700 students from six communities. For information regarding meetings of District 87's Board of Education, see the official schedule

 

Proviso Township High Schools (District 209) 

Proviso Township High Schools includes three schools: Proviso West, Proviso East, and Proviso Math and Science Academy. Information regarding meetings of Proviso's Board of Education can be found on the official schedule

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