In Response to Alameda County’s Move to the Orange Tier

Release Date

Tue, 03/30/2021
A woman returns a book in a book drop.

The Alameda County Public Health Department announced Tuesday, March 30 that Alameda County has advanced to the Orange Tier of the Blueprint for a Safer Economy. This will take effect Wednesday, March 31. 

OPL continues to offer Sidewalk Service at 16 of our locations. The Library will announce plans for limited indoor services on Wednesday, March 31.  

The Oakland Public Library is proud of the Oakland community for doing its part to stop the spread of COVID-19 and help our city move forward. 

OPL is implementing planned facility improvements like self-check machines, mobile checkout technology, and floor plans that will promote physical distancing when limited indoor service returns. The Library has reached an agreement with SEIU 1021 on its reopening plan. Staff training, supply procurement, and modifying safety protocols are also underway.  

In the meantime, OPL continues 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.  

  • Online collections of ebooksstreaming video, music, and more.

  • Online Learning, Jobs and Research tools, including live tutoring, resume assistance, and test preparation. 

  • Need a Laptop? - Chromebook laptops with a Wi-Fi hotspot are available to be checked out at limited locations. 

  • 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.  

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