Library Program Proposals
Your Oakland Public Library (OPL) empowers all people to explore, connect, and grow. OPL regularly considers requests for programming that is consistent with the library’s mission, vision, and values.
Library programs are free, and open to all.
OPL offers programs that are entertaining, engaging, and support lifelong learning and enrichment. We use an equity lens to design and implement programs for and with community members, partners, and organizations. Our programming serves the needs and interests of the entire community, guided by the City of Oakland’s Racial Equity goals.
Please use the form below to propose a program co-sponsored by the library.
As an alternative, library meeting rooms are available for anyone interested in providing a program or event on their own (without library co-sponsorship), subject to our Meeting Room Policy.
In making decisions about program topics, speakers, and accompanying resources, we consider the following:
- community needs and interests
- presentation quality and presenter background/qualifications in content area
- potential to impact the disparities experienced by individuals and communities based on their identity (such as race, ethnicity, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation or expression)
- historical or educational significance
- connection to other community programs, exhibitions or events
- relation to OPL collections, resources, exhibits, and programs
- presenter or presentation’s connection to Oakland
- availability of program space
- All prospective presenters must complete an online application. We do not accept program proposals by email, telephone, mail, or in person at our library locations.
- Library programs are typically scheduled and planned at least three to six months ahead of time.
- OPL receives many competitive program proposals every month. If we are interested in evaluating your services further you will be contacted by staff, but not all applicants will be contacted.
- Presenters are expected to fully develop their own program; library staff is not available to assist in developing the program, nor to create slideshow presentations, or handouts.
- Programs must be non-commercial; you are not permitted to sell your goods or services. The Library does not sponsor events that promote businesses or for-profit enterprises. Any information must be of general interest to the intended audience and provided free of charge. Presenters are permitted to have business related brochures, flyers, or other informational items available for attendees to pick up if interested.
- You may not require patrons to share any personally identifiable information.
- The presenter shall not claim that OPL endorses the presenter or any product or service.
Program Proposal Form
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