Support the Library

There are many ways to stay connected and involved with YOUR Oakland Public Library.

Stay informed by signing up for OPL's e-mail newsletter. Be the first to know about library news and events. It's easy and you can unsubscribe anytime.

Join the Friends of the Library

The Friends of the Oakland Public Library is an independent non-profit organization whose mission is to support the Oakland Public Library. The Friends of the Oakland Public Library (FOPL) has over 800 members and operates The Bookmark Bookstore in Old Oakland. FOPL makes annual grants for programs and projects for the entire Oakland Public Library system. Visit the FOPL website or send an email to to learn more.

Many branches have a Branch friends group. Ask at your branch.


Library volunteers assist staff in many ways, including tutoring adult literacy students, serving as computer docents, answering informational questions, reading to preschool children, etc. Volunteers should be at least 14 years old.


We accept donations of money as well as donations of books and other items.