Branch Schedule Change - All the Facts!

In order to increase the public's access to neighborhood library branches, OPL will be implementing a schedule change at the Brookfield, Eastmont, Golden Gate and Piedmont Avenue Branches.

As you may have heard by now, Oakland Public Library is changing the schedule at some of our locations beginning on Saturday, September 14th.  You can read the press release about it here, which gives a lot of the background information.  The short version is that we are implementing a schedule change at 4 of our branches, switching them to a Monday - Friday schedule in order to increase the public's access to neighborhood library branches.  

The branches with a changing schedule are the following:

All other branches will keep their current Tuesday - Saturday schedules and the Main Library will continue to be open seven days a week.

I wanted to take some time to share answers to some questions that people might have.  If this doesn't answer your question, please feel free to leave a comment on this post and let me know and I'll do my best to get you an answer.

What is the nearest branch that will be open on Saturdays?

  • Brookfield - 81st Avenue Branch (1.6 miles), Elmhurst Branch (1.8 miles)
  • Eastmont - Martin Luther King Jr. Branch (.9 miles), Elmhurst Branch (1.6 miles), 81st Avenue Branch (1.7 miles)
  • Golden Gate - Temescal Branch (1.5 miles), West Oakland Branch (2.0 miles)
  • Piedmont Avenue - Rockridge Branch (1.0 miles), Temescal Branch (1.3 miles), Lakeview Branch (1.5 miles)

What will the weekly schedule look like at each branch?

Brookfield and Eastmont:

  • Monday - 11:30 - 7:00
  • Tuesday - 10:00 - 5:30
  • Wednesday - 10:00 - 5:30
  • Thursday - 10:00 - 5:30
  • Friday - 12:00 - 5:30
  • Saturday/Sunday - Closed

Golden Gate and Piedmont Avenue:

  • Monday - 12:30 - 8:00
  • Tuesday - 10:00 - 5:30
  • Wednesday - 10:00 - 5:30
  • Thursday - 10:00 - 5:30
  • Friday - 12:00 - 5:30
  • Saturday/Sunday - Closed

What is the cost of this change?  Will it save the city money?

There is no cost, or cost savings, involved in this schedule change.

What will happen with Saturday programs?

The locations selected for a change in schedule have minimal programs on Saturdays.  Any Saturday programs at those branches will be rescheduled on a case by case basis decided by the staff at each location.

Why did you select these branches?

These branches were selected in order to create geographic diversity of Monday service.  Other factors were also considered such as usage patterns at branches and issues specific to sites.

  • Brookfield - The Brookfield Branch is co-located with a Senior Center that has Monday-Friday public hours.
  • Eastmont - The Eastmont Branch is located inside of a mall, alongside a variety of other social services.  The mall itself is open Monday - Friday.
  • Golden Gate - The Golden Gate Branch's geographic location and active weekday usage relative to Saturday use was a deciding factor.
  • Piedmont Avenue - The Piedmont Avenue Branch is co-located with a school that is open Monday-Friday.

Can I change the pickup locations for books I have on hold?

Yes, as long as the books haven't already arrived at the previously selected branch location.  Call or visit any open library location for assistance in making the change.



Anonymous - the poll closed,

Anonymous - the poll closed, as scheduled, at the end of May and we have been manually entering the paper surveys. We are now compiling that data, along with the other data (circulation, library usage, comment cards, etc.) so that it can all be looked at together.

We are on target with all of our schedules in regards to decision making and announcement of any decisions.

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