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març 27, 2007, 12:26am

There's a discussion for bookstores, but how about libraries? Please list which libraries you frequent and what you like best about them.

abr. 1, 2007, 11:54pm

Hands down, the UC Berkeley Library. Can't beat it for breadth of coverage in so many areas, though of course the fiction tends to be older :-)

After that, Berkeley Public Library (and boy do they have a great book sale!)

abr. 5, 2007, 6:00pm

I go every day to the San Rafael Public Library. But then, I do work there...

I also use the Petaluma library some.

My favorite Bay Area Library? Whew. That's a tough one. I've worked at quite a number of 'em over the years, and have a soft spot for a lot of them.

My dream job for a place to go every day would probably be the Bancroft, though.

abr. 8, 2007, 6:24pm

>2 staffordcastle:

When does this book sale happen?

abr. 8, 2007, 8:26pm

It used to be at the beginning of June. On checking into this, however, I find that they have discontinued holding it, now that they have two stores - one is in the Berkeley Main Library, and one is in the Sather Gate area - it's inside the block/building with the garage on Telegraph. If you park in the garage, come down the elevator and look to your left.

abr. 19, 2007, 7:40pm

Thanks for the information. That's disappointing.

abr. 24, 2008, 8:07am

Most of my patron experiences at public libraries in the East Bay have been unrewarding. Of particular note is the Oakland Main library. The last time I was there it was for all intents a day time refuge for those who find gainful employment beneath them and psychotics.

nov. 20, 2011, 3:43am

Until a few months ago, I had completely fallen out of the library habit I once had. Instead I had become a profligate book buyer on Amazon and at local bookstores. It was only when I started selling my gently used books on Amazon that I asked myself seriously: why do I think I have to purchase a book that I know I just want to read once and then pass on?

So I went down to the nearest branch of the San Jose Public Library, got myself a card (a whole new order of business! electronic cards, self-checkout, online account, e-mail reminders...), and came home with six books. I told my husband: "I think I'm in love. It's a whole building full of books, I can help myself, it's free, and when I'm done I don't have to worry about storage."

SJPL has merged its collection with San Jose State's library, so patrons have access to both collections, all but what is reserved for university use.

I haven't been to the main branch, the Martin Luther King, since it moved to a new facility near the university, but there's a little branch close to my home. All I have to do is go online and submit a request. I get a notice and go pick the book up there. Amazing!

But I will never get over the loss of a real card catalogue in little wooden drawers just made for browsing.

nov. 20, 2011, 8:23pm

>But I will never get over the loss of a real card catalogue in little wooden drawers just made for browsing.

Me too.

nov. 22, 2011, 4:19pm

Yeah, I hear you.