Your Library During COVID-19 Closure

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To help reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 among the high number of people who use the library on a daily basis, and to adhere by the social distancing guidelines recommended by the Alameda County Public Health Department, the Oakland Public Library will be closed until further notice

OPL understands that this action prevents the in-person learning and communal spaces that Your Library provides. You can stay up to date on changes from the library by checking our website, and subscribing to our email newsletter, text message updates (data rates may apply), or by following us on social media: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

If you have a question relating to your library card account, or a general information question please email eanswers@oaklandlibrary.org. You may also leave a voicemail with your full name and details, at 510-238-3134.

To sign up for a library card, please complete an online application and email eanswers@oaklandlibrary.org to set up your account.

We've put together quick access to frequently asked questions, digital services, information about COVID-19, and local resources.

Children: How to learn at home | Screen-free activities

Teens: Click here for COVID-19 FAQs created especially for teens.

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NEWS & FAQs

(Last updated: 3/31/2020)

When will the library reopen?

This closure is until further notice. Library administration will work with the City of Oakland and the Alameda County Department of Public Health to determine a safe re-opening date.

What if I have library materials currently checked out? Or, what if I have a book on hold?

Please keep them until OPL reopens. Due dates and holds will automatically be extended to accommodate the closure period. If you have a WiFi hotspot, service will last until OPL reopens.

What services are available during the closure period?

Our physical buildings will be closed, but patrons can still access various digital services from home. For all of our digital offerings, click here.

If you have any questions about your account, please email eanswers@oaklandlibrary.org or leave a voice mail with your full name and details, at 510-238-3134. 

Can I sign up for a library card while the library is closed?

Yes. To sign up for a library card, please complete an online application and email eanswers@oaklandlibrary.org to set up your account.

Is there a phone number I can call with questions?

Yes - call (510) 238-3134 and leave a message with your name and phone number. A librarian will return your call.

SERVICES

Here are some of our most popular online resources and how to access them. For a complete list of our resources, visit our Online Service page. Most services require your library card number and PIN.

Jump to: Audiobooks & eBooks  | Music | Streaming Movies | Magazines & Newspapers

Audio and Ebooks

  • Overdrive
    Ebooks and audiobooks for kids, teens, and adults to download or stream on desktop or mobile devices.
    Desktop: Visit oakland.overdrive.com and sign in with you library card and PIN to down load books to your desktop.
    Mobile: Download the Libby App  to your device from the Google Play or the App Store.
    Click on the menu and choose 'Add A Library' to sign in with you library card and PIN.
    Browse or search to check out books. Overdrive Help | Libby App Help 

  • Tumblebooks for Kids 
    Interactive, online picture books and early readers for kids for different reading levels, with games and puzzles.
  • Biblioboard
    Local works from self-published authors, top indie eBooks, and much more.
    No hold, checkout, or lending limits.
  • Hoopla
    Ebooks, movies, music, audiobooks, and graphic novels to download or stream.
    Find the Hoopla app in Google Play or the App Store.
    We have increased the checkout limit to 10 total check-outs a MONTH, even if you return the titles (includes all formats).

Music

  • Hoopla
    Ebooks, movies, music, audiobooks, and graphic novels to download or stream.
    Find the Hoopla app in Google Play or the App Store.
    We have increased the checkout limit to 10 total check-outs a MONTH, even if you return the titles (includes all formats).

Streaming Movies

  • Kanopy
    Movies and TV shows to download or stream.
    Watch on your TV, phone, tablet, or computer. Compatible with Apple TV, ChromeCast and, mirroring. 
    Find the Kanopy app in Google Play  or the App Store.
    We have increased the checkout limit to 5 total check-outs a month. You have three days once you hit "play" to watch your check-out. 

  • Hoopla
    Ebooks, movies, music, audiobooks, and graphic novels to download or stream.
    Find the free Hoopla app in Google Play or the App Store.
    We have increased the checkout limit to 10 total check-outs a MONTH, even if you return the titles (includes all formats).

Magazines and Periodicals

  • RBDigital
    Full color, interactive digital magazines for popular titles like Rolling Stone, Bicycling, and more.
    Download to an iPad or other device to keep content forever.
    Find the free app on the Apple iStore / Google Play (this also provides access to OneClickDigital audio books).
  • New York Times Digital Edition
    Unlimited access to all articles from any library location, including the library's wifi network.
    To activate your subscription, you need to sign up for a free account, using a valid email address.
    Remote access is limited to the first 10,000 accesses. You MUST click on this link to get started (and not the link above) for an access code that is valid for 72 hours.
  • Kono
    Kono for Libraries offers free access to popular and current digital magazine titles from Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Japan. Magazine content does not expire, so it’s yours to keep on your device.
    Back issues are also available.
 

COVID-19

The best ways to reduce the risk of getting sick apply to COVID-19:

  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze.

  • Stay home if you are sick.

  • Avoid touching your face.

  • Use an alternative to shaking hands, like a wave or elbow bump.

  • Monitor your health and follow the instructions of public health officials if you have recently returned from a country, state or region with ongoing COVID-19 infections.

  • Vulnerable individuals - defined as individuals 60+ years or who have health conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, kidney disease and weakened immune systems - are  recommended to limit outings, avoid large gatherings, stay home if sick, and avoid people who are sick.

  • There is no recommendation to wear masks to prevent yourself from getting sick

Please refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for frequently asked questions

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Alameda County Health Department
City of Oakland COVID-19 information page 

RESOURCES

This section last updated: 3/31/2020 

Find local resources offering support during our closure.

Food

Financial Support

Sheltering In Place