#OaklandCounts - 2020 Census

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Take the 2020 Census (Click Here)

Every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau is required to count every person living in the United States, regardless of citizenship status. In March-July 2020, Oakland residents will participate in the next decennial census county ensuring our community receives its share of federal funding that supports education, housing, health, transportation, and other critical programs that make Oakland thrive.


Questionnaire Assistance Centers (QACs)

Postponed until further notice.

All 18 OPL locations are designated as Questionnaire Assistance Centers. OPL staff can assist patrons who require help in filling out Census forms. OPL is also hosting volunteers who can provide 1-on-1 help at the following locations on specific days and times from March 12 - May 3.

  • 81st Avenue Branch (1021 81st Ave.)
  • Asian Branch (388 9th St. Ste. 190)
  • Chavez Branch (3301 East 12th St. Ste. 271
    • Thursdays, 3:30 - 5:30 PM (Starting Mar. 26)
  • Eastmont Branch (7200 Bancroft Ave., Ste. 211
  • Elmhurst Branch (1427 88th Ave.)
  • Main Branch (125 14th St.)
    • Tuesdays, 4 - 6 PM (Community Kiosk)
    • Saturdays, 10 AM - 12 PM (Computer Lab)
    • Sundays, 10 AM - 12 PM (Community Kiosk)
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Branch (6833 International Blvd.)
    • Saturday, March 28, 12 - 2 PM
  • West Oakland Branch (1801 Adeline St.)


Census Activites and Events at OPL

Postponed until further notice.


Why is the Census important?

(Source: American Library Association)

  • Dollars: Census data is used to make decisions about how and where to spend more than $1.5 trillion each year for programs and services that our communities rely on.
  • Decision Makers: Population count is used to determine the number of representatives California has in Congress and the number of votes we have in the Electoral College.
  • Data: Communities use Census data for planning purposes to inform where new hospitals will be built, funding allocations for schools, child care programs, road maintenance and social assistance programs.


Why is the Census important to Your Library?

  • Census data helps local leaders make planning decisions about where libraries should be located, whether they should expand, and what kinds of services should be offered based on the characteristics of the community.
  • Census data drives federal funding allocations for libraries, including grants to states under the Library Services and Technology Act.
  • Census data provides the baseline for the American Community Survey, which informs need for translation services for predominantly non-English speaking communities.