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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 2023 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!

  • Feb 26, 2024, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
    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.
  • Feb 26, 2024, 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
    Berkeley Public Library, 1637 N Taft Ave, Berkeley, IL 60163, USA
    Fit and Strong presented through AgeOptions is a small group exercise and educational program for adults with osteoarthritis proven to reduce joint pain and stiffness, increase aerobic endurance, joint mobility and strength, and improve your overall mental and physical well being.
  • Feb 28, 2024, 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM
    Berkeley, 1637 N Taft Ave, Berkeley, IL 60163, USA
    Join us as we read stories and play together!
  • Feb 28, 2024, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Berkeley Public Library, 1637 N Taft Ave, Berkeley, IL 60163, USA
    Join us for some pre-school geared free play following Story Time and an opportunity to engage with other parents and caregivers in the area! Coffee available upstairs. No registration required.
  • Feb 28, 2024, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    Berkeley Public Library, 1637 N Taft Ave, Berkeley, IL 60163, USA
    Victoria Jackson, a certified yoga instructor will be leading this class in gentle exercises. All adults are welcome.
  • Feb 28, 2024, 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!
  • Mar 02, 2024, 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?
  • Mar 05, 2024, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
    Berkeley Public Library, 1637 N Taft Ave, Berkeley, IL 60163, USA
    This program provides an opportunity for homeschooled children in the area to come together and explore. Dress to get messy! Ages: 5+
  • Mar 08, 2024, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
    Berkeley Public Library , 1637 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.
  • Mar 11, 2024, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
    Berkeley, 1637 N Taft Ave, Berkeley, IL 60163, USA
    Come have some fun and meet your neighbors! Snacks and prizes provided.
  • Mar 13, 2024, 6:30 PM – 7:45 PM
    Berkeley, 1637 Taft Ave, Berkeley, IL 60163, USA
    Join us for a monthly discussion on a featured read!
  • Mar 18, 2024, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
    Berkeley, 1637 Taft Ave, Berkeley, IL 60163, USA
    Bunco is a newer 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.
  • Mar 29, 2024, 4:30 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.
  • Mar 29, 2024, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
    Berkeley Public Library , 1637 N Taft Ave, Berkeley, IL 60163, USA
    The teens take over the library! Movies, gaming, karaoke, laser tag- you decide. Food will be provided. Limited space, so sign up today! Ages: 13-18. Registration required.
  • Apr 06, 2024, 11:00 AM – 3:30 PM
    Berkeley Public Library, 1637 N Taft Ave, Berkeley, IL 60163, USA
    Join us for our Annual Spring Sale! There will be homemade baked goods for sale and two spring-themed raffle prizes. Raffle tickets are $1/each or 6/$5. One of our favorite vendors, rzpaintandpapergifts, will be selling their handmade scented candles, paintings, and more.
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