OPL Responds to Latest AlCo Health Release

Release Date

Tue, 11/17/2020
A woman with a mask hands a bag to a patron.

The latest Alameda County Public Health Department release (Nov. 16, 2020) moved Alameda County into the Purple Tier of the Blueprint for a Safer Economy, adujusting its authorization for libraries to be available at less than 25% capacity. This followed the ACPHD's action of pausing further reopening on Nov. 12, 2020.

The Oakland Public Library is developing a plan to reopen our buildings in accordance with this most recent health order. This plan requires modification of library spaces, training of OPL staff, the ordering proper cleaning supplies and protective equipment - all of which are currently underway – and more. Our highest priority remains the health and safety of our patrons and our staff. 
When will OPL buildings reopen?  
We look forward to the day in which we will reopen our buildings to the public. Staff training, supply procurement, and modifying safety protocols and library services are all underway. Indoor areas will remain closed until these plans are in place and our buildings can reopen safely. 
In the meantime, we continue to offer: 

  • Sidewalk Service at 16 locations. Place holds online or by phone and come pick your item up with no-contact when you receive a notification. Mobile printing is also available at all sites during Sidewalk Service hours. 

  • Virtual Programs – Children, Adults, and Teens have moved a variety of programs online. Check out what’s available in our events calendar.  

  • Schedule an Appointment to speak 1-on-1 with OPL staff for assistance with e-books and e-resources.  

  • Book Me! Receive a recommended reading list from an OPL librarian by filling out a couple questions. 

  • Online resources – including e-books, video streaming, newspapers, and more. 

  • Call 510-238-3134 or email eanswers@oaklandlibrary.org with any questions about your library account.