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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. 

Passports: The Berkeley Library is now an authorized as a passport acceptance location! You can now bring in your photo and identifying documents and library staff will accept your applications for passports. This service is available by appointment only.  Please see our passports page for more information.

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!

  • Jun 26, 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!
  • Jun 26, 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.
  • Jun 26, 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.
  • Jun 28, 2024, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    Berkeley Public Library, 1637 N Taft Ave, Berkeley, IL 60163, USA
    Looking for something family friendly to do on Fridays? Join us for a trip through the decades with our weekly Family Film Fridays. Kids are encouraged to bring a sack lunch and water bottle. The library will provide a free bag of popcorn. Limited seating, no registration required.
  • Jun 28, 2024, 4:00 PM – 5:00 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.
  • Jun 29, 2024, 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM
    Berkeley Public Library, 1637 N Taft Ave, Berkeley, IL 60163, USA
    Join Carolyn the painter, a certified art instructor, who teaches you how to paint a summer picture on canvas step by step, for you to take home that day. You don't have to know how to paint; she will guide you how to do it. Registration is required.
  • Jul 01, 2024, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
    Berkeley Public Library, 1637 N Taft Ave, Berkeley, IL 60163, USA
    Join your fellow gamers as we battle it out in Mario Kart, Super Smash Bros, and other popular games.
  • Jul 06, 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?
  • Jul 08, 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.
  • Jul 09, 2024, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
    Berkeley Public Library, 1637 N Taft Ave, Berkeley, IL 60163, USA
    This program is designed for those families in our community who home-school or will be home-schooling their children. Join us once a month over the summer to meet other area homeschooling families, while enjoying learn and play time together. Ages: 7-14, Registration Required. Limited space.
  • Jul 10, 2024, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
    Berkeley, 1637 Taft Ave, Berkeley, IL 60163, USA
    Join us for a monthly discussion on a featured read!
  • Jul 12, 2024, 10:30 AM – 12:45 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.
  • Jul 15, 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.
  • Jul 16, 2024, 6:30 PM – 7:45 PM
    Berkeley Public Library, 1637 N Taft Ave, Berkeley, IL 60163, USA
    Ever wonder why there is a history of Berkeley or where it came from? Rosemarie Johnson, the Village of Berkeley historian will share her thoughts on why she did the research and wrote the history of Berkeley which became " From Oats to Roses".
  • Jul 20, 2024, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
    Berkeley Public Library, 1637 N Taft Ave, Berkeley, IL 60163, USA
    Come join us and learn two simple starter stitches, the running stitch and loop stitch. While creating your own mini treats. Limited space. so sign up today! Ages 10-18.
  • Jul 22, 2024, 10:30 AM – 11:30 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 23, 2024, 5:00 PM – 8:00 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.
  • Jun 22, 2024, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    Berkeley Public Library, 1637 N Taft Ave, Berkeley, IL 60163, USA
    The Berkeley Library and Village of Berkeley are partnering to provide community members with an opportunity to register to vote. Registration requested.
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