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To advance the role of the Oakland Public Library as a vital community resource and as an institution critical to the culture, education, and welfare of our diverse community.

We fulfill our mission by encouraging and facilitating:


Become a member today!

Members of Friends of the Oakland Public Library provide financial support for library projects and programs that enhance library services to the residents of Oakland, Piedmont, and Emeryville. In addition to the good feeling that comes with supporting the library, members receive a 20% discount at the Bookmark Bookstore and the Friends’ newsletter, Off the Shelf.

To learn how to make your tax-deductible membership contribution to the Friends, a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, click here. To use your credit card click on the Donate Now button on the top right of this page.


Grants to the Oakland Public Library for Fiscal Year 2012-2013 totaled over $140,000. Thank you to our members and Bookmark Bookstore customers, volunteers and book donors for making these grants possible.

Read the details of our recent grants.


Read our current edition of Off the Shelf.


The Bookmark is located at 721 Washington Street in Old Oakland.

Store hours:

  • Monday – Friday: 10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Sunday: 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Our bookstore, staffed by volunteers, raises money for the library, and we are always in need of donations. If your home is overflowing with treasured books, help is on the way. Friends of the Library accepts book donations which gives you a deduction and provides funds for the library.

Call the Bookmark at 510.444.0473. Learn more.


Friends of the Oakland Public Library
721 Washington Street
Oakland, CA 94607
By email: for general and membership inquiries to reach the Board President

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