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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

  • Lincoln's Birthday
    Saturday, February 12, 2022
    Closed All Day
  • President's Day
    Monday, February 21, 2022
    Closed All Day
  • Memorial Day
    Monday, May 30, 2022
    Closed All Day
  • Independence Day
    Monday, July 4, 2022
    Closed All Day
  • Labor Day
    Monday, September 5, 2022
    Closed All Day
  • Admissions Day
    Friday, September 9, 2022
    Closed All Day
  • 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

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

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OPL News

January 9, 2022 Brings More Sunday Hours to OPL

Dec 30, 2021
In order to increase the public’s access to libraries, OPL will be bringing Sunday hours to the César E. Chávez and 81st Avenue branches.
Applications Open January 3 to February 7

Application Open for '22 Oakland Youth Poet Laureate Program

Dec 30, 2021
Calling all young Oakland poets! We welcome Oakland poets ages 13-18 to enter into the 2022 Oakland Youth Poet Laureate community.

OPL Announces the Start of Winter Bingo

Nov 29, 2021
Winter Bingo is a fun family literacy game for kids 0-14. Complete any 5 activities in a row between 12/18/21 and 1/29/22 to win a book.


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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