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Events @ OPL

All events are open to the public and completely free of charge.

Upcoming Events

Holidays and Closures

  • Christmas Eve Day
    Saturday, December 24, 2022
    Closed All Day
  • Christmas Day
    Sunday, December 25, 2022
    Closed All Day
  • Christmas Day (Observed)
    Monday, December 26, 2022
    Closed All Day
  • New Year's Day
    Sunday, January 1, 2023
    Closed All Day
  • New Year's Day (Observed)
    Monday, January 2, 2023
    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.

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.

For Teens

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

For Kids

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

OPL in the Media

OPL on Cnet TikTok: Ever found something in a #library book?

Cnet interviews OPL librarian Sharon McKellar about her Found in a Book project.

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..

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!

brown skinned child in bright blue shirt reaches for a kid's book titled: "la llama llama rojo pijama"
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