Services Available

Notary Service

Notary Service is available to residents of Berkeley, Illinois at no cost and is handled as staffing levels allow. The Library's notary will notarize documents at their discretion, but is not able to notarize real estate and immigration documents. Be sure to bring your government-issued identification with you. Documents must be signed in front of the notary, and all people signing the document must be present. It is highly recommended that you call the library (708-544-6017) prior to visiting to insure that the notary is available or if you have questions regarding the documents to be notarized. 

Specialty Recycling

The Berkeley Public Library is happy to partner with Roy Strom Waste Disposal to assist residents by offering a collection point for certain items not otherwise easily recyclable. Just inside the main entrance to the library, you will find receptacles for toner cartridges, batteries, and CFL lightbulbs. For information on what materials are eligible for residential curbside recycling service, please see Roy Strom's Website.

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Library Programs

Recurring Programs
Looking to join in on one of our regular programs? We offer several programs on a weekly and monthly basis for a variety of age groups. You can review the list and see what's right for you. 

Summer & Winter Reading Programs
Depending on the season, the BPL offers special programs with reading goals and great prizes. Summer 2022 is no exception, so find out the details and join in the fun!


Upcoming Programs and Events
Be sure to check our full Events Calendar for a complete listing of public programs and special events in the coming days and weeks!

  • Lunchtime Movie
    Tue 09 Aug
    Aug 09, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
    Berkeley, 1637 Taft Ave, Berkeley, IL 60163, USA
    Join us for a free family-friendly movie each week throughout the summer!
  • Story Time
    Wed 10 Aug
    Aug 10, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    Berkeley, 1637 N Taft Ave, Berkeley, IL 60163, USA
    Join us as we read stories and play together!
  • Tech Help Wednesdays
    Wed 10 Aug
    Multiple Dates
    RSVP
    Aug 10, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
    Berkeley Public Library, 1637 N Taft Ave, Berkeley, IL 60163, USA
  • Adult Book Group
    Wed 10 Aug
    Multiple Dates
    RSVP
    Aug 10, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
    Berkeley, 1637 Taft Ave, Berkeley, IL 60163, USA
    Join us for a monthly discussion on a featured read!
  • Aug 11, 1:00 PM – Aug 12, 2:30 PM
    Location is TBD
    If you are a homeschooling family, or interested in learning about homeschooling, this is a program for you. We will meet at various outdoor locations for play, socializing, and service. Call us for information on our monthly meet ups.
  • Tea & Mystery
    Fri 12 Aug
    Aug 12, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
    Berkeley Public Library, 1637 N Taft Ave, Berkeley, IL 60163, USA
    Join us as we watch a classic mystery movie or TV show and enjoy tea and some light refreshments. See if you can figure out whodunit before the end of the show.
  • Anime Club
    Fri 12 Aug
    Multiple Dates
    RSVP
    Aug 12, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
    Berkeley, 1637 Taft Ave, Berkeley, IL 60163, USA
    Are you a huge fan of watching anime? Or maybe you are interested in learning more and meeting others who love anime? Join us as we watch anime and eat snacks. Manga that goes with the anime we watch will be available to check out! Ages 10-18.
  • Chair Yoga
    Mon 15 Aug
    Aug 15, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    Berkeley Public Library, 1637 N Taft Ave, Berkeley, IL 60163, USA
    Join us for easy chair yoga. We use the Yoga Vitality Program: Chair Yoga for Healthy Aging.
  • Tech Help
    Mon 15 Aug
    Aug 15, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CDT
    Berkeley PL, 1637 Taft Ave, Berkeley, IL 60163, USA
    Do you need hands-on instruction with your tablet, smartphone, or computer? If so, the library is here to help. Appointments are recommended. We're here to help answer your questions and walk you through the issue you're having. Calling head to sign up is recommended, but walk-ins are welcomed.
  • Bunco!
    Mon 15 Aug
    Multiple Dates
    RSVP
    Aug 15, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
    Berkeley, 1637 Taft Ave, Berkeley, IL 60163, USA
    Bunco is a new program to the library. Join us in this fun dice game, meet new people, enjoy some snacks and maybe even win a prize or two.
  • Aug 18, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
    Berkeley, 1637 Taft Ave, Berkeley, IL 60163, USA
    The Neighborhood Watch presents crime prevention seminars on the third Thursday of each month (February through December) at the Berkeley Public Library.
  • Create Club
    Fri 19 Aug
    Aug 19, 4:00 PM – Aug 20, 5:00 PM
    Berkeley Public Library , 1637 N Taft Ave, Berkeley, IL 60163, USA
    Create Club continues for teens and tweens! Join us for the chance to try new crafts that you might not be able to at home. Ages 10-18. Registration requested.
  • Multiple Dates
    RSVP
    Aug 20, 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM
    Berkeley, 1637 Taft Ave, Berkeley, IL 60163, USA
    Always wanted to try Dungeons and Dragons? Or already know how to play, but looking for a group?
  • Senior Monday
    Mon 22 Aug
    Aug 22, 10:30 AM – 11:45 AM
    Berkeley, 1637 Taft Ave, Berkeley, IL 60163, USA
    Come listen to an informative speaker, play a brain game, or enjoy general conversation. Light refreshments will be served.
  • Aug 24, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
    Berkeley PL, 1637 Taft Ave, Berkeley, IL 60163, USA
    Unless otherwise noted, meetings of the Berkeley Public Library Board of Trustees are open to the public. The Board welcomes you to attend!
  • Teen Advisory Board
    Fri 26 Aug
    Multiple Dates
    RSVP
    Aug 26, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
    Berkeley Public Library , 1637 N Taft Ave, Berkeley, IL 60163, USA
    Looking for volunteer opportunities? Interested in helping the library better serve you? Join our Teen Advisory Board! You can earn volunteer hours by participating in our meetings and helping the library by sharing ideas about teen services. Each meeting, snacks will be available.
  • Instant Pot Demonstration
    Sat 27 Aug
    Multiple Dates
    RSVP
    Aug 27, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
    Berkeley Public Library, 1637 N Taft Ave, Berkeley, IL 60163, USA
    Have you ever wondered how an Instant Pot works? Join us as we try a new recipes using BPL's instant pot.
  • Multiple Dates
    RSVP
    Sep 03, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    Berkeley, 1637 Taft Ave, Berkeley, IL 60163, USA
    Always wanted to try Dungeons and Dragons? Or already know how to play, but looking for a group?