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. We have:
  • a Main Library
  • 16 branch libraries
  • the Second Start Adult Literacy Program
  • the Tool Lending Library
  • the African-American Museum and Library at Oakland (AAMLO).
  • the Oakland History Center
We offer many other services for residents of Oakland and California.
We get support from a lively Friends of the Library group and by the Library Advisory Commission. We also have local Library Friends groups around the city.

Annual Reports

OPL Annual Report 2020-2021
OPL Annual Report 2019-2020
OPL Annual Report 2018-2019
OPL Annual Report 2017-2018
OPL Annual Report 2016-2017
OPL Annual Report 2015-2016
OPL Annual Report 2014-2015
OPL Annual Report 2013-2014
OPL Annual Report 2012-2013
OPL Annual Report 2011-2012
OPL Annual Report 2009-2011

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