Your Child's Library Card
You can get your child a library card at any age. We encourage reading books with your child from birth! Whenever you decide is right for your child, it’s an exciting moment, and we encourage you to share with them the importance and value of the library card and the responsibility that goes with it.
While the library is closed, please complete an online application and email firstname.lastname@example.org to set up your child’s account. To reset their PIN, please either request a PIN reset online (the account must have a valid email address) or contact library staff at email@example.com.
Usually, you must pick up your card in person (unless you are eligible for Extended Services). However, while OPL is closed due to COVID-19, please complete the online application and email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive online access.
Your child’s library card is theirs as they grow, and may be used to borrow items only for them. We hope you also have your own library card, which is easy to get and provides access to online resources, books and other items.
Through the age of 7, if you are listed as the parent/legal guardian on their record, you can manage your child’s account online or with staff.
Starting at age 8, if your child is not present, the library cannot tell you what your child has checked out, except when a fee is owed. We can show you and your child how to log in and review your own records online.
Thank you for helping your child enjoy all that the library has to offer! Please ask if you have any questions, and visit oaklandlibrary.org/kids.
Resources to support your child’s distance learning:
Are you looking for the perfect book? OPL’s children’s librarians have developed lists of book recommendations. These lists include eBook titles too: https://oaklandlibrary.org/kids/great-reads.
Connect with a Librarian for Personalized Reading Advice
Just because our physical buildings are closed doesn’t mean that you can’t connect with a librarian! Schedule your appointment to speak with a librarian who can help recommend the perfect book for your child: oaklandlibrary.org/BookMe.
Access Kids’ Books Online
Electronic books can be a great resource for young readers. Finding eBooks for early readers has never been easier. This video demonstrates how to search the library’s catalog to find books, while this video teaches you how to request that a book be held for you.
Our two most popular e-reading platforms are Overdrive and Hoopla. Books on Overdrive can be found at: https://oakland.overdrive.com/library/kids/. The Libby app for Overdrive is a great way to use Overdrive on mobile devices. Instructions for how to use Libby to find kids books can be found in this video.
Hoopla’s eBooks and audiobooks are always available, although users are limited to 10 checkouts a month. You can also access Hoopla as an app through your mobile device.
You can also read a book or story online through OPL’s Tumblebooks page.
Online Programs and Resources
Stories, rhymes, and songs provide much-needed stimulation for brain development and language acquisition in young children. They are also a great way for caregiving adults and children to stay connected. Head to the links below to view online storytimes by local librarians!
Learn how to use a variety of library resources, on the Oakland Public Library YouTube channel.
One-on-one tutoring support through Tutor.com.
The Oakland Public Library has partnered with Tutor.com to offer free online tutoring, homework help, and test preparation for students in Kindergarten through 12th grade, as well as for college students and adult learners. Live one-on-one assistance is available everyday from 12pm (noon) until 12am (midnight). Live Spanish-speaking support is also available for math, science, and social studies subjects. Students will need their library card number to use Tutor.com. Learn how to access Tutor.com by watching this how-to video.
Please let us know how we can help you. If you have any questions about our policies or services regarding children, please contact the Supervising Librarian for Children’s Services.