About the Library

Our Mission

Your Oakland Public Library empowers all people to explore, connect, and grow.

Our Vision

The Oakland Public Library will be celebrated locally and nationally as an indispensable partner in transforming lives.

Our Values

The Oakland Public Library values...

  • Diversity
  • Equity
  • Community
  • Responsive Service
  • Adaptability
  • Empowerment
  • Joy

About Us

The Oakland Public Library is a part of the City of Oakland in California and has been in existence since 1878. Our locations currently include 16 branches, a Main Library, a Second Start Adult Literacy Program, the Oakland Tool Lending Library, and the African-American Museum and Library at Oakland (AAMLO). We also offer many other special services for residents of Oakland and California.

We are supported by a lively Friends of the Library group and by the Library Advisory Commission, as well as by local Friends' groups around the city.

Annual Report

To learn more about how the Oakland Public Library served Oakland during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2019-2020, please watch this video.

To learn more about the programs and services offered by the Oakland Public Library, take a look at our past annual reports: