Donating Money

How do I make a donation to the Library?

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

By Check

Mail to: 
Oakland Public Library
Attn: Grants and Development Office
125 14th Street
Oakland, CA 94612

Click here to download a donation form to send in with your gift. (PDF)

Click here to download the donation form in MS Word format.

By Credit Card

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

Frequently Asked Questions

The Oakland Public Library welcomes donations to support the Library's mission to inform, inspire, and delight our diverse community.

How will my donation be used?

Donations to the Oakland Public Library are used exclusively for Library purposes. Recent donations have funded special Children's programs and purchased books and other materials for the new 81st Avenue Branch.

Donations designated for general purposes will be used where they are most needed. The Library will honor requests that a donation be used for a specific branch, unit or purpose, subject to City gift acceptance policies.

Is my donation tax deductible?

Yes. Donations to the Oakland Public Library area tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Will I receive a tax receipt?

Yes. The Library will send a written acknowledgement for all donations.

I want my donation to be used only for a specific purpose or branch - how do I do that?

To discuss donations intended for a specific purpose, please contact Winifred Walters, Manager of Grants and Development, at 238-6932 or

Who can I contact for more information?

Winifred Walters, Manager of Grants and Development, at 238-6932 or