The library will be closed on Saturday, July 4th, for Independence Day.
Volunteer at the Library
2015 Summer Lunch Volunteers
We are excited to enter our 5th summer of providing free lunches to children at various library locations June 15 – August 7 (thanks to a partnership with the Alameda County Community Food Bank and the City of Oakland’s Department of Human Services.) We are looking for volunteers to help with lunch set-up and cleanup, serving lunches, monitoring children while they are eating, and counting lunches. This is fun and important work! Volunteer shifts are 1.5 hours long and will occur sometime between 11:45 am and 1:45 pm – depending on the site – Monday through Friday. Volunteer as few as four days over the summer, or – if you can – sign up for two weeks or more and become a Site Coordinator.
A mandatory orientation is required of all volunteers. To sign up, or to ask questions, please contact email@example.com.
The African American Museum & Library at Oakland (AAMLO) is dedicated to the discovery, preservation, interpretation, and sharing of historical and cultural experiences of African Americans in California and the West for present and future generations. Call (510) 637-0200 to find out how you can help support AAMLO and its mission.
Adopt A Spot volunteer
Through the Oakland Adopt A Spot program, the City of Oakland Public Works Agency provides a unique opportunity for individuals (of all ages) and groups to play an active and ongoing role in cleaning, greening and beautifying parks, creeks, streets, and other public spaces - including libraries!
Public Works provides adopters with tools (on loan), debris pickup and technical assistance. Please note that a one-year commitment is required for this program. Review the Adopt a Spot Program Packet for an application and more detailed information. You can also contact an Adopt a Spot coordinator by phone at (510) 238-7630 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Does your library already have an Adopt a Spot crew? Come out and help on the following regular cleanup days:
- Main Library (125 14th Street): every Thursday from 8:30-9:30 a.m., starting outside the Children's Room on Oak Street. Email email@example.com to confirm and to ensure extra supplies are on hand for your use.
- Elmhurst Branch (1427 88th Avenue): 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month from 10:15-11:30 a.m.
Friends of the Oakland Public Library (FOPL) operates a used bookstore in Old Oakland. FOPL uses the money it raises through book sales and member donations to support library programs. FOPL welcomes donations of used books, volunteers to staff the bookstore, and new members. Please note that training and a 6-month commitment are required for bookstore volunteers.
Call (510) 444-0473 or stop in during open hours to check it out and submit a volunteer application.
Chess Club Assistant
The César E. Chávez Branch (3301 East 12th Street) is seeking a volunteer who knows and loves the game of chess to be on hand for the Saturday Chess Club. If you can commit to two or more Saturdays each month, please consider joining branch staff as help those who are just learning the game. To apply, please complete an OPL volunteer application and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Computer Docent at Elmhurst Branch & Main Library
Computer docents are needed at the Elmhurst Branch (1427 88th Avenue) and at the Main Library (125 14th Street). Make a difference by helping patrons with basic computer skills such as setting up an email address, using word processing, completing on-line job applications, etc. Various shifts are available; all require a 2-hour weekly commitment for at least 3 months.
We're looking for volunteers who are punctual and reliable. Applicants should have good communication skills and be able to work one-on-one with library patrons who need computer help.
To apply, please complete an OPL volunteer application and submit to: Sara DuBois, Oakland Main Library, 125 14th St., Oakland 94612.
Garden Assistant at the Elmhurst Branch
Come make our new vegetable garden at the Elmhurst Branch (1427 88th Avenue) a success! Volunteer responsibilities include weeding, watering, and planting as needed in our backyard garden. We’re looking for volunteers to commit to helping out once each week for at least 3-6 months.
Garden & Seed Library Assistant at the Chávez Branch
Come join our free urban seed project at the César E. Chávez Branch (3301 East 12th Street)! Volunteer responsibilities include seed sorting, repacking, and organizing, as well as performing inventories of seeds and supplies. Other responsibilities include weeding, watering, and planting as needed in the courtyard garden. Volunteers are asked to commit to helping out once each week for at least 3-6 months.
Library Advisory Commission
Do you love libraries? Do you understand the multiple roles they play in Oakland? Do you find yourself telling friends, associates and complete strangers how vital it is to keep our public libraries strong?
If so, you could be our next library commissioner!
Join our 15-member group of citizen advocates for sustained and improved library services!
- Makes recommendations to the library director regarding policy issues that affect public service.
- Advocates at the city and state level for libraries.
- Helps promote programs and services at individual branches.
- Provides citizen oversight of Measure Q funding, which pays for our libraries.
To learn more, contact us at 510-673-2116 or to OaklandLAC@gmail.com
The Community Relations Department of the Oakland Public Library is looking for capable photographers to capture images at library events. We use these images in our Annual Report and for other promotional materials issued by the Library and City. Visual images are an important way for us to communicate the good things that are happening at the library.
The ideal photographer for OPL assignments will be experienced, thoughtful, respectful, friendly and ready to engage with the community. Volunteer photographers should have a positive attitude towards the library and its patrons, come fully equipped (digital SLR equipment preferred), and be able to shoot in natural light when possible.
To apply, please complete an OPL volunteer application and submit to: Sara DuBois, Oakland Main Library, 125 14th St., Oakland 94612. We’ll also need to look at samples of your work, so please be prepared to share a set of on-line or hard copy photos during the application process.
Preschool Story Reader
Books for Wider Horizons is a program that recruits, trains, and places volunteer story readers in preschool or childcare centers throughout the City of Oakland. Call (510) 238-7453 or e-mail Rochelle Venuto at email@example.com for more information or to request an application.
Please note that a 7-night training session (offered in the fall) is required for this program. Upon completion of the training, each participant agrees to prepare and present a weekly storytime at a partnering preschool site for at least 6 months.
The Eastmont Branch (7200 Bancroft, Suite 211) is looking for volunteers to help staff serve afterschool meals and snacks. Volunteers are needed Monday through Friday, roughly 3:15-4:15. (4:00-4:45 p.m. on Wednesdays.) Candidates should be at least 16 years old, must like children, and be willing to serve food (no experience is necessary) under the direction of Library Staff. For more information or to request a volunteer application, please contact Sara DuBois at firstname.lastname@example.org or 510-238-6572.
Teen Zone Volunteer
Join 30+ weekly teen volunteers in assisting with materials, programming and displays in the TeenZone, a unique, recreational (fun!) facility that is unlike any library space you've probably ever seen. Talk to Brian at the Teen Zone for more information, or call (510) 238-7332. We are usually full but we always take applications for our waiting list.
Veterans Benefits Coach
The Oakland Public Library is launching a new program to make a real impact in the lives of our veterans. Help us accomplish this goal by volunteering 3 hours/week to staff a Veterans Resource Station at the Main Library. You will serve as point of contact to ensure that veterans and veteran families of every era know how to get connected to the state and federal benefits and services they have earned through military service.
Volunteers should be interested in helping veterans and their families. They should have patience and empathy, as well as good listening and interpersonal skills. Veterans are encouraged to apply. The library will provide substantial training to all potential volunteers. If interested, please complete an OPL volunteer application and send it to email@example.com.