New to Art & Music
New books, CDs, and sheet music are added to the collection all year round. Browse the New Arrivals list, or call Art & Music to learn about how to get email alerts when new items are added in specific subject areas or genres.
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Art & Music
Welcome to the Art & Music Department!
We're located on the 5th floor of the Central Library
in downtown Berkeley
2090 Kittredge St. Berkeley, California, 94704 (510) 981-6241
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or ask a librarian a brief research question
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Art, Music, & Recreation Clip Files
Historic newspaper clippings and ephemera related to Berkeley artists, architects, athletes, cultural institutions, and more. Download a list of the file headings for the A&M Clip Files.
Art & Music has the only publicly-accessible circulating slide collection in the Bay Area, containing 25,000 images from early cave painting to contemporary installation art.
The BPL Song Index is a collection of over 270 books of sheet music indexed by song title. Allows one to easily find lyrics/music to many popular, folk, jazz, Broadway, and religious songs. Try searching the Online Song Index during the beta testing phase.
Discover and Go!
Museum Passes for Free through Discover and Go!
You can get free passes to more than 30 Bay Area cultural venues. Passes are available for printing online! Log in with your Berkeley Public Library card to our Discover and Go website at http://discover.berkeleypubliclibrary.org and select your passes today.
- You can search for passes by venue or by date. Passes are valid only for a specific date.
- Once passes are printed, reservations cannot be cancelled or changed.
- You must present picture ID to use the pass and it must match the name on the pass.
- Children’s cards cannot be used to reserve passes. This is due to ID and other requirements on the venues’ part.
- Only two passes can be reserved at one time (there is no limit to total passes used).
- For additional information about Discover & Go, please see our FAQ.
Upcoming Cultural Arts Events
The Art & Music Department, with the support of the Friends of the Berkeley Public Library, presents a range of free events throughout the year to encourage arts appreciation and participation.
Tibetan People and Landscapes of the Himalayas
The Photography of Richard Christiani
November 25, 2013 - February 2, 2014
Bay Area architect and photographer, Richard Christiani, presents an exhibit of striking color photographs, capturing the stark beauty of the Himalayas and the devoutness of the Tibetan people. An avid hiker and practicing Tibetan Buddhist, Christiani has completed several treks into remote regions of the Himalayas to visit some of Tibet’s most sacred Buddhist sites and dramatic populated landscapes.
Richard Christiani is president of Christiani Johnson Architects, an award-winning San Francisco firm. In addition to completing undergraduate and graduate studies in architecture at U.C. Berkeley, Christiani has formal training in both photography and art.
Christiani will speak about his experiences photographing the people and landscapes of the Himalayas at a free event on Sunday, December 1st at 2:00 p.m. in the 3rd floor Community Meeting Room of the Central Library. The photography exhibition will be on display in the Catalog Lobby on the first floor of the Central Library, 2090 Kittredge at Shattuck, downtown Berkeley.
Sunday, Jan 12, 2014: Mining the Library: Local DJs Dig the Music Collection!Listening parties at the library concludes with KALX’s very own Rubberband Girl (a.k.a. Erin Prunchak). RG will dig through BPL’s vast collection of vinyl records and compact discs for Lounge, Psychedelic, and Space-Age Pop music.
1st and 3rd Wednesdays, 12-1 pm, 3rd floor Community Meeting Room
Meets 1st and 3rd Wednesdays to read aloud from great plays, changing parts frequently. Intended for adult participants.