Library Advisory Commission

The Library Advisory Commission reports and makes recommendations to the Oakland City Council on Oakland Public Library policies; provides citizen oversight of Measure Q tax funds; and advocates on behalf of OPL programs and services.  

The Commission consists of 15 seats, appointed by the Mayor and Council.  

The public is welcome to attend the Commission’s meeting which are held on the last Monday of the month at 5:30 p.m. in the Brad Walters Community Room at the Main Library, 125 14th St.  

Call the Director's office, 238-3281, to confirm meetings in case of cancellation or change-of-venue.  Please note that meetings are rescheduled when observing a holiday.

Library Advisory Commission Members (3 year term):

  • Lesley Mandros Bell, Chairperson, 06/24/16 - 06/23/19
  • Dr. A. Aurea Lewis, Vice-Chairperson, 01/16/17 - 01/15/20
  • Victoria A. Barbero, 11/13/15 - 11/12/18
  • Tyron Jordan, 11/14/16 - 11/13/19
  • Nathaniel W. Dumas, 09/14/17 - 09/13/20
  • Reginald Constant, 10/16/17 - 10/15/20
  • Sarah McClung, 11/14/17 - 11/13/20
  • Cathy Smith, 06/19/18 - 01/18/2021
  • Mary Forte, 08/19/18 - 08/18/21
  • Ada Chan, 11/13/18 - 11/12/21
  • Alternier Cook, 11/14/18 - 11/13/21
  • Amy Johnson, 11/17/18 - 11/16/21
  • Jessica Jung, 11/13/18 - 11/12/21
  • Jospeh Karwat, 11/13/18 - 11/12/21

Library Advisory Commission meetings

Library Advisory Commission 7/31/17

Monday, July 31, 2017 - 5:15pm
Agenda       Minutes

Outreach Committee 7/10/17

Monday, July 10, 2017 - 6:30pm
Agenda      

Sustainability Committee 7/10/17

Monday, July 10, 2017 - 6:30pm
Agenda      

Library Advisory Commission 6/26/17

Monday, June 26, 2017 - 5:15pm
Agenda       Minutes

Outreach Committee 6/12/17

Monday, June 12, 2017 - 6:30pm
Agenda      

Cancelled: Library Advisory Commission 5/22/17

Monday, May 22, 2017 - 5:15pm
Agenda      

Outreach Committee 5/8/17

Monday, May 8, 2017 - 6:30pm
Agenda      

Sustainability Committee 5/8/17

Monday, May 8, 2017 - 6:30pm
Agenda      

Library Advisory Commission 4/24/17

Monday, April 24, 2017 - 5:15pm
Agenda       Minutes

Outreach Committee 4/10/17

Monday, April 10, 2017 - 6:30pm
Agenda