Going Back to School with OPL

How to Get a Library Card  

While the library is closed, please complete an online application and email to set up a *NEW* account. To reset your PIN, please either request a PIN reset online (the account must have a valid email address) or contact library staff at 

 *If your student has had an Oakland Public Library card  and can't find it, they do not need to submit an application. You will get an error message if you try to complete an online application.  You can email OR call  510.238.3134. to retrieve the library card number.  

Teacher Cards will also be processed online.


Schedule Virtual Class Visits  

Please contact the Children's Librarian at your local branch. You can email if you don't know your local Children's Librarian. 


Homework Help

  • - trusted resource for students and adult learners that offers live and FREE one-on-one tutoring in a variety of subjects. 

  • Pandemic Professors - free tutoring for K-12 students provided by college students and recent graduates 

  • Khan Academy- offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard for all ages to study at their own pace 

Family Paths has a Parenting Support Helpline:1-800-829-3777  because we know navigating school at home can be stressful .


Get Books @ Sidewalk Pick up  

We encourage families to place holds on library materials (en Español) for pick up at the following locations: 

WiFi Connection


How to Videos

Back to School Survival Guide: KTVU

Oakland Public Librarian Sally Englefried on how the public library is helping families find resources for their students as back to school season has arrived.


Monday, August 10 is also the first day to collect a Summer Reading Prize book

This year’s Kids' Summer Reading GRAND PRIZES are 17 Chromebook laptops. Raffle winners will be drawn and notified after August 31st