About the Willard Library

Library Staff

Beth Berlin-Stephens, Teacher Librarian

This is Ms. Stephens fourth year in the Willard Library. She is a Berkeley local and an alumnus of Arts Magnet, Longfellow, and Berkeley High. She has six years of teacher-librarian experience and prior to that was a middle school English teacher. She graduated from Occidental College and got her Master's in Education from Saint Mary's. As well, Ms. Stephens has a Master's of Library Science which she completed at San Jose State University. In her free time she loves to read, go to concerts, and travel.

Marissa Arterberry, Library Assistant

Ms. Marissa was born and raised in San Jose and earned her Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts from San Francisco State University. Marissa was a substitute teacher and arts enrichment teacher in Oakland before coming to Willard. Marissa enjoys making art, gardening, and spending time with her family.

The Library League (Student Library Workers)

Students enrolled in Independent Work Experience form the core of the Willard Library's work staff. These highly-trained and enthusiastic 7th and 8th grade students support their fellow classmates by helping circulate and shelve library materials, assist students with finding books, and help with technology needs throughout the school. It is only with their able assistance that the rest of the library staff is able to focus on teaching and collection development. All students can apply to be part of the Library League when they select electives for their 7th or 8th grade year.


Open 8:20 - 3:10 Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays

Open 8:20 - 2:00 Wednesdays

The Willard Library is open to students before school, during breaks and after school every day. If no class is using the library during lunch, the library is open. Teachers can send students to the library anytime with a pass.


Students may check out up to five items at a time for a period of two weeks. Students are responsible for any items they check out. Please see the library staff if an item has been lost. You are responsible to pay the replacement cost unless other arrangements are made with the staff.

Eating and drinking are not permitted in the library except when participating in a lunchtime club at a table with library staff.

Be safe. Be responsible. Be respectful. Be kind.

Library Clubs

Battle of the Books!

A weekly club to read and discuss a variety of books. Meeting times and book titles will are announced every September.

Comic Book Club

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13,921 Library Books

128 Audiobooks

13 Magazine Subscriptions

8 Internet-connected Computer Workstations for Students with access to a Printer

4 Internet-connected Online Library Catalog Workstations