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For information about the Oakland Public Library during the COVID-19 closure, please email

For general information about the Oakland Public Library, call the Main Library Information Desk at (510) 238-3134. We also have a chat option during select weekday hours (10 AM - 3 PM); look for the "Need Help" button at the lower right side of our website. 

For the address or phone number of one of our sixteen branches, visit our Locations & Hours page


OPL produces a monthly newsletter that highlights our major upcoming events. Please visit our new website to sign up.  We will not share your email address with any other entity. 

Other ways to reach the library...

Please send your comment to us via e-mail addressed to In your message, please include:

  • Your comment or question
  • The name of the library branch or unit that you usually use
  • Your postal zip code

Find out how to ask a librarian a question here.  

To suggest that the library purchase a book or other item for our collection, follow the steps outlined on our Suggest a Purchase page.

Looking for something great to read? Receive a customized reading list from one of our librarians by taking advantage of our Book Me service.

To find contact information for a member of the Oakland Public Library administration, visit our Library Administration page.

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