The Friends of the OPL awards an average of $200K in grants to the Oakland Public Library each year.


Thank you to our members, donors, Bookmark Bookstore customers, volunteers, and book donors for making these grants possible!

Current Year Grants

For the 2019-2020 fiscal year, the Friends of the OPL Board approved grants totaling $210,000 to the OPL. These grants benefit every OPL location and patrons of all ages. The impact of these funds upon the library is difficult to overstate; there are many long-standing programs that would not be able to continue without these grants, and others that will be inspired by this year’s commitment. It is our privilege to support these programs and the OPL community.


Children’s Services -  $20,000 to pay for performers and supplies systemwide during the next year. (This represents almost 15% of the total Children’s Literacy programming budget.)

Teen Services - $41,000 to use for programming (including the Youth Poet Laureate scholarship), support for Youth Leadership Councils and teen volunteers, and prizes for the Summer Passport program.

Adult Services and Outreach - $26,000 to pay for systemwide outreach expenses, special t-shirts to help patrons identify OPL staff, and adult programming at the Main Library.

Branch Services and AAMLO - $50,000 to pay for programming, supplies, exhibits, film licenses, furniture and signage, afterschool snacks, and Play Café refreshments.

Community Relations - $22,500 to create a 2018-19 Annual Report, promote OPL activities via social media, procure promotional artwork and photos, and support volunteer appreciation activities.

The balance of $30,500 will go towards OPL’s collection of Wi-Fi hotspots to lend to patrons, three scholarships for OPL staff pursuing their MLIS degrees, hospitality and training for staff, community partnership opportunities, and much more.