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What's Coming Up?

There's always something going on at the Oakland Public Library. Take a look at some of our favorite community events, completely free of charge.

Holidays and Closures

  • Veterans Day
    Friday, November 11, 2022
    Closed All Day
  • Thanksgiving
    Thursday, November 24, 2022
    Closed All Day
  • Day after Thanksgiving
    Friday, November 25, 2022
    Closed All Day
  • Christmas Day
    Sunday, December 25, 2022
    Closed All Day
  • Christmas Day (Observed)
    Monday, December 26, 2022
    Closed All Day

Holidays shown are for Main Library. Holidays will usually be the same at all locations, but check your branch to be sure.

Featured Events for Adults

We always have so much happening. Here are some extra special events coming soon!

Masks Still RequiredMasks Still Required

Everyone over 2 years old must wear a mask in our buildings.
Everyone over 2 years old must wear a mask in our buildings.

OPL in the Media

OPL on this is actually: Found Words, Library Books, & Love

this is a story about libraries but it’s also about found things and human connection and love, actually.

OPL on theLIST: Found in a Library Book

OPL librarian Sharon McKellar has been compiling forgotten bookmarks along with other stuff she’s found in the library..

OPL on Alta Live: Love Letter to Oakland's Libraries

LIam O’​​Donoghue joins Alta Live to discuss how Oakland’s libraries have deepened his understanding of the city.


Key posts, news, resources and so much more. Keep on top of what's going on at Oakland Public Library.

It's Your Library!

Welcome to OPL's New Website!

The Oakland Public Library is thrilled to introduce you to our new website. It's got all the bells and whistles.

Questions and Answers About Our New Website

What is BiblioCommons? How do I renew? Get answers to all your questions about OPL's new website.

Create Your BiblioCommons Account

Create your BiblioCommons account to place holds, make lists, and join the library community online.

Privacy Settings in OPL's New Catalog

The Oakland Public Library's new catalog has several ways to share with your community online. However, what you share is up to you.

For Kids

Find content for kids of all ages. Oakland Public Library has many resources, events and much much more.

For Teens

Find content for teens of all ages. Oakland Public Library has many resources, events and much much more.

Special Collections

Our special collections include the Oakland History Center, African American Museum and Library at Oakland, and the Oakland Tool Lending Library.

Oakland History Center

Learn about the history of Oakland by visiting the Oakland History Center in person or online.
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African American Museum and Library at Oakland

Dedicated to the discovery, preservation, interpretation and sharing of historical and cultural experiences of African Americans in CA.

Oakland Tool Lending Library

The Oakland Tool Lending Library has over 5,000 tools for you to borrow.

OYPL Performances

Watch performances by Oakland Youth Poet Laureate Poets.

For Teachers

Teachers, we've got all the information you need about class visits, getting your students library cards, and books for your classes.

Friends of the Oakland Public Library

 Our mission is to advance the role of the Oakland Public Library as a vital community resource. With funds raised through memberships, opens a new window, donations, opens a new window, and proceeds from our Old Oakland bookstore, The Bookmark, opens a new window, the Friends of the OPL has provided grants to support our diverse Oakland library communities for 70+ years.

Please join us, opens a new window in this critical work!

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