First Church maintains a small general library, located near the Church Office and the Small Assembly. The library is named after Galen M. Fisher (1853-1955), a scholar and humanitarian, and a First Congregational Church of Berkeley member. The library collection was primarily organized after the rebuilding of Plymouth House in 1956. In 1994, the library collection moved from Plymouth House into its current location in specially-constructed library shelving.
The library is maintained by a team of church volunteers and is usually open on Sundays in-between services. The collection contains a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction books, audiobooks and DVDs for adults, a children's book collection, and a collection of Young Adult books. Many books written by First Church members and friends are included in the collection.
The library is supported by a small annual budget, plus donations and occasional grants from the Cellar Thrift Store. The library room is multi-use and sometimes is used for private church meetings. But, if the doors are open, come in, look around, and find a book to read. Instructions for checking out material are posted near the main doors.
Download catalogs of the resources you will find in the Library:
Books and Media by Author
Books and Media by Title
Media by Title
Children & Young Adult Books by Author
Children & Young Adult Books by Title
Books and Media by First Church Members and Friends
New Acquisitions 2015
Children's Picture Books By Topic
Talking About Christianity
Talking About Our Aspirations
Talking About Our Feelings
Talking About God?s Creation
Talking About Our Identity
Talking About Love and Relationships
Talking About Tough Stuff
Talking About Other Topics
Current Library News
In 2015, the library volunteers inventoried the main collection, got the catalog up to date online, and computerized the process of labeling and cataloging new acquisitions.
This year, they are doing a full inventory of the media, the children's books, and the YA books.
Librarians Barbara Lundquist, Carole Wells-Desin & Laura Rodriguez
Library Contact Barbara Lundquist