History

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1992

The Bookmark Bookstore opened.

After raising funds through ad hoc used book sales over the years, the Friends of the OPL decided that a permanent location would be a great benefit to Oakland residents and in 1992 opened The Bookmark Bookstore in Old OaklandThe Friends of the OPL has long supported increased public access to library resources. 

1994

Measure O passed.

In 1994, volunteers helped lead the successful campaign to pass Measure O, a parcel tax to fund longer library hours and meet other operating expenses.

1950

Friends of the Oakland Public Library was formed.

Local library lovers formed the Friends of the Oakland Public Library in 1950 to support the operation of the then new Main Library at 125 14th Street and to help maintain the special collections housed there. The mission of the Friends of the OPL expanded to support the entire Oakland Public Library system.

2018

Measure D passed.

FOPL supported Measure D, a parcel tax measure passed in June 2018, to maintain, protect and improve library services throughout Oakland.

2004

Measure Q passed.

In 2004, FOPL volunteers rallied for Measure Q, the reauthorization of this critical funding, to winning results.