Get to know your Oakland Public Library
We provide books and audiovisual materials, online databases, and other resources to meet the reading and informational needs of everyone in the community.
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Class visits to the library
- Schedule your visit in advance by calling the Children's Librarian at your local branch. We want to be prepared for your group so we can provide the level of service and attention you deserve. If you need to cancel, please notify us.
- The Children's Librarian can provide special programs and services when you arrange a visit in advance. Let us know if you would like a story time, library orientation, book talk, or research assistance on a specific topic.
- Drop off completed library card applications at least one week in advance of your visit. You can pick up applications for your students at the library or download a copy from our website. Library card applications require a parent's signature, and are available in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, and Arabic.
- Your library card is good at any branch of the Oakland Public Library system. There is no charge new or replacement cards. Lost cards do not require a new application; students must be able to provide their address, telephone, and/or birth date.
- Encourage students to return any overdue library materials they have at home so they can check out new ones! Most materials can be checked out for three weeks and may be renewed for an additional nine weeks - by telephone, online, or in person.
- Introduce your students to library behavior before your visit. We also ask teachers, aides, and chaperones to stay with classes to maintain appropriate library behavior during visits.
In order to make each child's library experience productive and meaningful, we urge you to check with both school and public libraries to make certain that materials are available before assigning a research topic to your students. Materials unavailable in one location can be placed on hold for you and your students, and picked up at your neighborhood library.
Bring the Public Library to your school
We are also happy to visit teacher meetings to discuss how we can work together. Invite us to special events and parents' meetings to talk about library service, highlight books children enjoy, and encourage reading in the home.
Working together, public libraries and schools can make a difference in the lives of Oakland's young people.