Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the Oakland Public Library (OPL)! This page lists current adult volunteer opportunities with OPL and some of our Friends groups. Teen volunteers (ages 13-17) can find more information on the Teen Volunteer page.


Library Advisory Commission:  The City of Oakland's Library Advisory Commission (LAC) makes recommendations to the Oakland City Council, provides citizen oversight of Measure Q and Measure D tax funds, and advocates on behalf of library programs and services. The Commission consists of 15 seats, appointed by the Mayor and Council. Public meetings are held on the last Monday of the month at 5:30 p.m.

The LAC is actively recruiting new commissioners. More information can be found on the LAC web page. For vacancy information and to apply, please visit: City of Oakland | Boards & Commissions (oaklandca.gov), opens a new window  



Opportunities with Library Friends Groups

  • The Friends of the Oakland Public Library, opens a new window exists to support the Oakland Public Library and the broader Oakland community. Do you have any skills or talent the Friends of the OPL can tap to support the Library? Perhaps you have experience or interest in social media, advocacy work or fundraising? Maybe you’d like to help out at their bookstore, The Bookmark?  

Follow this link and scroll down the page to volunteer at the bookstore: https://www.fopl.org/get-involved, opens a new window

Or follow this link to learn about other volunteer opportunities: https://tinyurl.com/FOPLVolunteerForm, opens a new window

  • The volunteers with the Friends of the Oakland Tool Lending Library (FOTLL) could use extra hands to help with the fundraising Tool Sales, which are held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of every month (weather permitting). Opportunities include picking up tool donations; sorting, cleaning, and pricing tools, and; helping out at the Tool Sales. Other volunteer roles include helping with FOTLL's free DIY workshops and activities like the Junior Carpenters' Club in schools and OPL Branches.  More at http://www.FOTLL.org, opens a new window or e-mail FriendsoftheOaklandTLL@gmail.com, opens a new window.

If you have questions or would like more information about the opportunities for adults (ages 18+) listed above, please contact Sara DuBois, Coordinator of Grants & Volunteers, at sdubois@oaklandlibrary.org.

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