Oakland Promise Card

Information For Parents of Children Enrolled in OUSD

The Oakland Promise Card is a regular Oakland Public Library (OPL) card on your child's school badge.  One side is the school badge, and the other side is the OPL card. If your child already has an OPL library card and receives an Oakland Promise Card, the Oakland Promise Card will become their new library card.

For school year 2016-17, the Oakland Promise Card will be available as a pilot only at Bridges Academy.  As part of the pilot, youth 18 and under will not be charged overdue fines

Your child's library card allows them full access to all library print and online materials. To review our borrowing policies see: http://oaklandlibrary.org/using-library/library-cards.  

It’s important that your child keeps their contact information up to date.  Notices of holds or overdue items will be sent to email, or phone if there is no email on file. Contact information can be updated using the barcode and PIN number by clicking Manage My Account, or by calling any library location

For information on our resources, see:

Online Research and Learning
http://oaklandlibrary.org/online-resources/articles-and-databases

eBooks and Other Digital Content 
http://oaklandlibrary.org/online-resources/e-books-and-digital-content

OPL Kids
http://oaklandlibrary.org/kids

OPL Teens
http://oaklandlibrary.org/teens

Q. My child already has a library card. How is this different?

A: OUSD and OPL entered this partnership to ensure that all Oakland students have access to free library materials. Eventually, the Oakland Promise Card will be issued automatically to every student enrolled in OUSD. If your child already has a card, the Oakland Promise Card will be their new card. 

Q: What happens if my child loses their Oakland Promise Card?

A: Your child may get a free replacement Oakland Promise card through the teacher librarian at their school.  They can also receive a free regular replacement card (without the student ID) for at any Oakland Public Library.

Q: What happens if my child borrows books or other materials and loses or forget to return them?

A: There are no overdue or late fees for youth during this pilot period.  If your child doesn’t return an item 60 days after it is due, they will receive a bill to replace it.  If you have the item and can return it then, you won’t owe anything.  If the bill is difficult, please talk to any Oakland Public Library staff and we will ensure that your child can continue to use the library. 

Q. How did the library receive my child’s information?  Can the school see my child’s library record? 

A: OPL receives minimal data from OUSD about your child in order to create this card (name, birthdate, address, phone, school, and school ID), through a signed agreement between OUSD and the City of Oakland. This information is not disclosed to any other entity.  

OUSD does not have access to your child’s library record. Your child’s library record is fully confidential, by state law, as are all OPL library card records.  You can review OPL's privacy policy at http://oaklandlibrary.org/about/policies/privacy-statement

If your child is between the ages of 5 and 12, does not yet have a library card, and you wish them not to receive an Oakland Promise Card, you may opt out here.  For further information about cards for children under 13, see: http://oaklandlibrary.org/kids/parents-teachers/welcome-parents

If you have further questions about the Oakland Promise Card, you may contact Nina Lindsay at nlindsay@oaklandlibrary.org if your child is between the ages of 5 and 12, or Lana Adlawan at ladlawan@oaklandlibrary.org for youth age 13 and up.