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Community Desk

The Berkeley Public Library Social Services Program or 'Community Desk' is here to provide information, services, and referrals to assist community residents in need of public assistance. The Library has always strived to connect residents to information that meets their personal, educational, and professional needs. The Social Services program serves as an extension of this mission, seeking to put community members in touch with services outside the scope of the library and build upon the open and supportive environment fostered at the Berkeley Public Library. 


How to Get Help

The Social Services Program is a safe space for any member of the community to get the help they need without fear or shame. The Community Desk is a secure and confidential drop-in center for residents in need of services to speak with a social work intern. Available hours are posted below, residents can reach out via email to schedule a meeting, either in-person or virtually over Zoom, or walk right in. We've also compiled a list of available local resources you can find under the Quick Links below. 

The Community Desk can help with: 

Quick Links   Updated 9/2022

Community Desk Hours

The Fall/Winter desk hours start Thursday, September 15th. Drop-ins during desk hours are welcome, though scheduling in advance is recommended. If you'd like to set up a time to meet, please call the library or email us at


Tuesdays 4:00pm to 7:00pm

Thursdays 4:00pm to 7:00pm

Saturdays 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Tough Topics

Staff is here to help you find resources on a variety of topics. If you prefer some privacy, you can browse the library’s shelves using the attached topics/call numbers list or search the online catalog.


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