Donating Money

Why support the Library?

The Oakland Public Library serves the diverse communities of Oakland, Emeryville, and Piedmont through 16 branches, a Main Library, the Second Start Adult Literacy Program, the Tool Lending Library, the African-American Museum and Library, and a wide variety of online resources. 

You can help enhance our existing services!  Thanks to donations received through the Friends of the Oakland Public Library, individuals in our community – and beyond – have purchased items for each of our branches, paid for reading incentives (books!) for the library’s Summer Reading Challenge, supported innovative programs that would otherwise not be possible, and much, much more.

For a full list of recent projects and programs funded by individual donations, please visit

If you love the Oakland Public Library and want to show your support, please consider a donation!

How do I contribute?

If you are interested in donating books or other items, please click here.

By Check

Click here for a form to print and mail to:

Friends of the Oakland Public Library
721 Washington Street
Oakland, CA 94607

By Credit Card

Donations to the Friends of the Oakland Public Library (FOPL) may be made online through Network for Good

Additional information

For more information, or if you have any questions, please contact Winifred Walters, Oakland Public Library Manager of Community Relations, Grants, & Development, at (510) 238-6932 or or Sara DuBois, Coordinator of Grants & Volunteers, at (510) 238-6572 or