Directions & Lodging

Public Transit

Call it the Book Festival Express. BART brings you directly to Downtown Berkeley, right into the heart of the festival. Read your books en route rather than worry about traffic and parking. Check out BART’s Quick Planner. AC Transit also goes right to Downtown Berkeley, and it has a huge network.


The Berkeley Bike Station, 2023 Center St, 510-548-7433, is a safe and convenient place to park your bike. It is not staffed during the weekend, but you can access the BikeLink Secure Parking 24/7. You can find additional parking using the Bike Parking Map from the City of Berkeley

Private Vehicle

Downtown Berkeley has a new parking structure! So now there are two: The Allston Way lot and the new Center Street lot. You can get a map on the City of Berkeley’s transportation site, which also has information about additional lots within walking distance from downtown. On Saturday, most of the residential streets surrounding the festival have restricted two-hour parking; on Sunday, there are no restrictions.

Note that while parking is much better than it used to be, many people still prefer BART because the area around the festival is crowded. Here’s another idea if you want to drive. You could drive to a BART station near the festival, using their parking lot, then just BART in on the Richmond line (only 5-10 minutes to the fest). BART lots are free on weekends. From Marin, consider El Cerrito Plaza BART (huge lot) or North Berkeley (also lots of spaces); from the East Bay, there’s MacArthur (another big lot). Check out for station choices.

Most important: If you’re set on driving, don’t let parking deter you. There are plenty of options.

Ride Share Apps

If you are coming to the Festival and using a ride share service like Lyft or Uber, we have a designated drop off/pick up yellow zone you can use:

  • Yellow Zone on Center St. @ Shattuck (across the street from 2081 Center St. Berkeley)
  • MLK, Jr. Way between Allston & Center

List of Festival Venues

Family Day May 4

Berkeley Public Library, Teen Room (1st Floor)2090 Kittredge St.
Berkeley Public Library, Mystery Room (2nd Floor)2090 Kittredge St.
Berkeley Public Library, Community Meeting Room (3rd Floor)2090 Kittredge St.
Berkeley Public Library, Children’s Room (4th Floor)2090 Kittredge St.
Berkeley Public Library, Story Time (4th Floor)2090 Kittredge St.
Berkeley Public Library, Art and Music (5th Floor)2090 Kittredge St.

10th Anniversary Festival June 1-2

Berkeley Public Library, Community Meeting Room (3rd Floor)2090 Kittredge St.
Cornerstone Berkeley2367 Shattuck Ave.
Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St, Berkeley, CA 94704
Outdoor Fair – M.L.K. Civic Center Park 2151 MLK Jr. Way
Native California StageMartin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park
MLK StageMartin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park
Fountain StageMartin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park
Allston StageMartin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park
Hotel namewebsitephone numberaddress
Residence Inn BerkeleyLink510-982-2100 2121 Center Street
Bancroft HotelLink510-549-10002680 Bancroft Way, Berkeley
Berkeley InnLink855-516-10901720 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley
Berkeley City ClubLink510-848-78002315 Durant Ave., Berkeley
Claremont Club & Spa, A Fairmont HotelLink510-843-300041 Tunnel Road, Berkeley
Sonesta EmeryvilleLink510-652-87775555 Shellmound St, Emeryville
DoubleTree by Hilton HotelLink510-548-7920200 Marina Blvd., Berkeley
Downtown Berkeley InnLink510-843-40432001 Bancroft Way, Berkekely
Graduate Berkeley Link510-845-89812600 Durant Ave., Berkeley
Hilton Garden InnLink510-658-93001800 Powell St, Emeryville
Holiday Inn ExpressLink510-548-17001175 University Ave, Berkeley
Hotel Shattuck PlazaLink510-845-73002086 Allston Way, Berkeley
Hyatt HouseLink510-601-58805800 Shellmound St, Emeryville
La Quinta InnLink510-849-1121920 University Ave., Berkeley
Nash HotelLink510-841-11632045 University Ave., Berkeley
Quality Inn BerkeleyLink510-841-42421761 University Ave., Berkeley
SenS Hotel & Bistro BerkeleyLink510-548-99301538 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley
Super 8 BerkeleyLink510-841-38441619 University Ave., Berkeley
Travelodge Berkeley Link510-295-22971820 University Ave., Berkeley
UC Faculty ClubLink510-540-5678UC Berkeley

Availability/pricing as listed on the hotel websites is subject to change; be sure to book as soon as possible as inventory is tight at some hotels, in particular Residence Inn and Hotel Shattuck. and more options can be found at