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
  • seventeen 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 Report

Annual Report 2022/23

Annual Report 2022/23

Take a peek at how OPL is cultivating community in 2022/23 annual report.
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