We’re better together!
The Oakland community is passionate about libraries. Here are some of our community partners in support of the Oakland Public Library.
Friends of the Oakland Public Library
The Friends of Oakland Public Library is a city-wide non-profit fundraising organization that provides substantial grants to the Oakland Public Library. Our bookstore, The Bookmark, supports the Friends through book and media sales.
Branch Friends Groups
The Oakland Public Library is fortunate to have numerous friends groups which provide valuable support to the individual library branches. Branch friends groups are independent of the Friends of the OPL; however, we do assist one another in our shared goal of supporting the programs and services of the Oakland Public Library. There are currently friends groups for the following branches:
*This Friends group does not have an actual building they are committed to doing wonderful things for the community while continually working towards obtaining a physical library. Alternier Baker Cook is the Chair of this Friends group and she is also the Library Commissioner for West Oakland Library Friends (WOLF).
City of Oakland Library Advisory Commission
The City of Oakland Library Advisory Commission is a city-appointed group that communicates with elected officials and provides mandated oversight of Oakland Public Library's tax-revenue expenditures.
The Youth Leadership Council is advised by Oakland Public Library staff. They provide speaker training and opportunities for Oakland's teen library advocates.
OPL Advocates is an informal coalition of advocacy groups, working together to maximize resources and amplify messages in support of the library.