BERKELEY -- Work is progressing on two branches of the Berkeley Public Library, with both projects expected to be completed this summer.
The new West Berkeley Branch on University Avenue, projected to be finished in early to midsummer, will be 9,300 square feet and replaces the former library facility at that site at a cost of about $11 million, paid for by taxes and donations.
Also under construction is a new library on Martin Luther King Jr. Way that is expected to be done in early summer. The South Branch library, with an estimated cost of about $10 million, will be 8,700 square feet and include a tool lending library.
The Berkeley Public Library system is now seeking input on options for increasing hours at its branches for fiscal 2014-15.
Patrons can take a survey online at www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org or fill out a form available at all city branches through Jan. 28 (see details in the community briefs on page 2 of this issue of the Voice).
The library is also conducting a new community survey on improving services, with a goal of attracting a larger portion of the community as regular library users.
San Francisco-based public relations firm BergDavis Public Affairs has been contracted to gather "valuable feedback from the community and stakeholders through a detailed, user-oriented survey."
The input period started this week and runs through Feb. 19. The community can take a short survey online at http://tinyurl.com/BPLCom; or at www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org; or in paper format at all branches.
Results of the survey will be used "to develop a comprehensive public information and communications program to promote the use and support of the library and increase public awareness of the library's services, programs, special events and facilities," the system said in an announcement.
For more details call 510-981-6100.