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: 

  • Citizenship

  • Food Insecurity

  • Housing

  • Employment

  • Financial Assistance

  • Social Security

  • Mental Health

  • Substance Abuse

  • Domestic Issues

Quick Links

Community Desk Hours

During the summer quarter, Community Desk hours are by appointment or as staffing levels allow. If you'd like to set up a time to meet with library staff, please call the library or email us at