The Oakland Public Library . . .
Mission: The Oakland Public Library informs, inspires and delights our diverse community as a resource for information, knowledge, and artistic and literary expression, providing the best in traditional services, new technologies and innovative programs.
The Oakland Public Library is a part of the City of Oakland, and has been in existence since 1878. Locations currently include 16 branches, a Main Library, a Second Start Adult Literacy Program, and the African-American Museum and Library. It also offers many other special services for residents of Oakland and California.
The Oakland Public Library is supported by a lively Friends of the Oakland Public Library group, branch Friends’ groups around the city and by the Library Advisory Commission.
Histories of the Library’s many branches . . .
Originally published in Off the Shelf, the Friends’ monthly newsletter.
Key Library Resources . . .