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!

  • Tea & Mystery
    Fri 09 Dec
    Multiple Dates
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    Dec 09, 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.
  • Multiple Dates
    RSVP
    Dec 10, 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 Bingo
    Mon 12 Dec
    Multiple Dates
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    Dec 12, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
    Berkeley, 1637 N Taft Ave, Berkeley, IL 60163, USA
    Come have some fun and meet your neighbors! Snacks and prizes provided.
  • Tech Help
    Mon 12 Dec
    Multiple Dates
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    Dec 12, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM CST
    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.
  • Homeschool Connections
    Tue 13 Dec
    Multiple Dates
    Details
    Dec 13, 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+
  • Story Time
    Wed 14 Dec
    Multiple Dates
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    Dec 14, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    Berkeley, 1637 N Taft Ave, Berkeley, IL 60163, USA
    Join us as we read stories and play together!
  • Chair Yoga
    Wed 14 Dec
    Multiple Dates
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    Dec 14, 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.
  • Adult Book Group
    Wed 14 Dec
    Multiple Dates
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    Dec 14, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
    Berkeley, 1637 Taft Ave, Berkeley, IL 60163, USA
    Join us for a monthly discussion on a featured read!
  • Multiple Dates
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    Dec 15, 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.
  • Adult/Teen DIY- Candle
    Sat 17 Dec
    Dec 17, 11:30 AM – Dec 18, 1:00 PM
    Berkeley Public Library , 1637 Taft Ave, Berkeley, IL 60163, USA
    Need a Holiday gift for someone special? Join us in making your very own scented candle! Registration Required.
  • Senior Monday
    Mon 19 Dec
    Multiple Dates
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    Dec 19, 10:30 AM – 11:40 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.
  • Bunco!
    Mon 19 Dec
    Multiple Dates
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    Dec 19, 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.
  • Teen Advisory Board
    Thu 22 Dec
    Multiple Dates
    RSVP
    Dec 22, 5:30 PM – 6:30 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.
  • Library Closure - Holiday
    Sat 24 Dec
    Multiple Dates
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    Dec 24, 10:00 AM – Dec 25, 10:00 AM
    Berkeley, 1637 Taft Ave, Berkeley, IL 60163, USA
    The Berkeley PL will be closed in observance of the holiday.
  • Teen After Hours
    Fri 30 Dec
    Dec 30, 2022, 4:00 PM – Dec 31, 2022, 8:30 PM
    Berkeley, 1637 Taft Ave, Berkeley, IL 60163, USA
    The teens take over the library! Join us for Nintendo gaming, a movie, and food. Registration required, ages 13-18. Limited space, so sign up today!
  • Cook the Book
    Sat 14 Jan
    Multiple Dates
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    Jan 14, 2023, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
    Berkeley Public Library , 1637 N Taft Ave, Berkeley, IL 60163, USA
    Cook the Book is Back! Check out the monthly selection at the circulation desk, choose a recipe, prepare it, and bring to share with others on the meeting date. Any questions contact Cathy at cjohnson@berkeleypl.org
  • Multiple Dates
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    Jan 25, 2023, 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!
  • Feb 04, 2023, 10:30 AM – Feb 05, 2023, 3:00 PM
    Berkeley Public Library , 1637 N Taft Ave, Berkeley, IL 60163, USA
    You’re invited to a special Saturday full of programs for all ages to kick off Black History Month! Story Time @ 10:30am-11:00am Cook the Book @ 11:30am-1:00pm “Pre-Civil War Quilts: The Secret Codes to Freedom on the Underground Railroad” Presentation by Connie Martin @ 2:00pm