Welcome Middle and High School Teachers (grades 6-12)
Oakland Public Library is here to support the educational, informational, and recreational needs of your students. We provide books and audiovisual materials, online databases, free access to tutors, and other resources to meet the reading and informational needs of everyone in the community.
Here are a few ways we can support you:
Get a Teacher Card
Get an Oakland Public Library Teacher card - it's free, even if you don't live in Oakland!
Schedule a Virtual Visit to the Library
While the library is closed for safety reasons during the pandemic, library staff are still available for virtual visits with your classes.
Teen librarians are excited to visit with your class virtually. We are able to demonstrate databases or other online resources, to do booktalks, to give information about what the library is offering right now, or to give information on other library-related topics, including evaluating sources of information and fake news.
You can also invite us to special virtual school events or school staff meetings to share information about how we are supporting schools, teachers, and students.
Please fill out this form to schedule a virtual visit.
Requests will be prioritized in the order in which they are received, based on staff capacity and the nature of the request. A library staff member will contact you to confirm the date, time, and details of your virtual visit. Please provide at least two weeks for processing requests.
You and your students can also learn about the library’s resources by viewing our how-to videos on topics such as how to place a book on hold on the Oakland Public Library’s YouTube Channel. Videos are available in English and Spanish.
Library Cards for Students
Library cards are good at any branch of the Oakland Public Library system. There is no charge new or replacement cards. Lost cards do not require a new application; students must be able to provide their address, telephone, and/or birth date, and an email address where they can be reached. Please note that many students are not able to receive emails to their ousd email addresses from Oakland Public Library email addresses. Individual students can apply to get a library card here.
We can help facilitate getting your students library cards. To assist in getting library cards for your students, to check your class list and see who already has cards, and to assist students who needs support with their cards due to lost items, lost cards or other issues, please submit your roster with the class visit form. Once we receive your request, a staff member will follow-up with you next steps. Library cards will only be issued to each student individually at their personal email address. Due to adjusted staff schedules, we will need at least two weeks to process card requests. Please consider this as you plan your curriculum.
Encourage students to return any overdue library materials they have at home so they can check out new ones! Most materials can be checked out for three weeks and may be renewed for an additional nine weeks - by telephone, online, or in person.
Community Resources & Reading Lists
In order to make each student's library experience productive and meaningful, we urge you to check with library staff to make certain that materials are available before assigning a research topic to your students. Materials can be placed on hold for you and your students, and picked up at libraries offering sidewalk service
One-on-One Tutoring Support Through Tutor.com
The Oakland Public Library has partnered with Tutor.com to offer free online tutoring, homework help, and test preparation for students in Kindergarten through 12th grade, as well as for college students and adult learners. Live one-on-one assistance is available everyday from 12pm (noon) until 12am (midnight).
Live Spanish-speaking support is also available for math, science, and social studies subjects. Students will need their library card number to use Tutor.com. Learn how to access Tutor.com by watching this how-to video.
Working together, public libraries and schools can make a difference in the lives of Oakland's young people.