Extended Services for Patrons with Disabilities

California’s Library Services for People with Print Disabilities, in association with the Library of Congress, provides free Braille and audio books, magazines and playback equipment to all eligible Californians unable to read standard print. Follow the link to find your local braille and talking book library and sign up for free library service.

Oakland Public Library offers Extended Services to persons with disabilities.

Under the guidelines of the ADA, or Americans with Disabilities Act, disability means, with respect to an individual, a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more life activities of that individual.

If you are a person with a disability, please request Extended Services on your library card application, or from any staff. 

If you have questions about extended services or other services for persons with disabilities, or are not able to come to the library to receive your library card, contact Mana Tominaga, Extended Services Coordinator/Supervising Librarian for the Main Library, at mtominaga@oaklandlibrary.org or 510-238-6611.

Extended Services for Patrons with Disabilities include the following:

  • Automatic extension of circulation periods on all items which usually circulate for 3 weeks. ES patrons get six weeks on these items and up to six renewals. 
  • Automatic extension of circulation periods on DVDs and videos, resulting in a 6-week checkout. Descriptive videos go out for six weeks to ES patrons and can be reserved and sent to any branch, and returned to any branch.
  • 30 holds at a time, instead of 15.
  • Answers to ready reference questions photocopies from a reference source and either faxed or mailed directly to your home. (Limit: one question and five photocopied pages per day.) There is no charge.  Reference questions can also be handled by email

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The City of Oakland is committed to serving all Oaklanders with disabilities. Read the City of Oakland’s Notice of Compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you believe you or someone you represent has been discriminated against due to disability, you are encouraged to submit an ADA Grievance. If you require assistance, contact the ADA Programs Division at 510.238.5219 or at adaprograms@oaklandnet.com.