Online library services you can use from your computer at home or in the library.
Need help with library ebooks or other e-resources? Make an appointment to talk to library staff over the phone. More information here.
Use your library card to download eBooks, eAudiobooks, digital music and digital magazines free from your home computer, tablet, or mobile device. Find details here.
The Oakland Public Library subscribes to a large number of online databases and online learning resources that are available to you free from home with your library card.
Any California resident can get an Oakland Public Library card. Library cards are free and are available at all our locations. You can complete an online application and then email firstname.lastname@example.org to get your card number and set up your PIN.
Use your account on our catalog to request books, DVDs and other items, to renew items, to see what you’ve already checked out and requested, and to manage your account settings.
Sign up for text message update service, Shoutbomb, to manage your account from your mobile phone.
You can now pay most of your fines online. Click here to learn more.
Use your OPL card to get free or discounted passes to museums throughout the Bay Area with Discover & Go. You can print out the passes from your own computer. Note that many venues are currently closed.
Looking for something great to read? Get personalized reading advice via email from OPL librarians. This service is for readers of all ages. Fill out the form and get some great reading suggestions from one of our experts!
E-answers is an easy way to get brief answers to factual questions via e-mail from OPL staff. We can also direct you to relevant Web sites and databases to help you with your research and give you other suggestions on where you can find information. Send your question via e-mail to email@example.com. More information here.
Oakland Public Library librarians have created a number of subject guides to help you get started with your online research:
- Business Information Online
- Buying a Car
- Educate to Liberate: A Black Panther Syllabus
- Family History and Genealogy
- Government Information
- Job Search Resources
- Know Your Rights!
- Listen, Learn, Participate: A #BlackLivesMatter Resource Series
- Online Health and Insurance Information
- Resources for Veterans
- Talking to Kids about Racism and Justice
- Test Preparation Resources