Oakland Public Library, Oakland

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The Oakland Public Library is the public library in Oakland, California. Opened in 1878, the Oakland Public Library currently serves the city of Oakland, along with neighboring smaller cities Emeryville and Piedmont. The Oakland Public Library has the largest collection of any public library in the East Bay, featuring approximately 1.5 million items. It consists of a main library located in downtown Oakland, and 16 branch libraries throughout the city (see below).

Special services within the Oakland Public Library system include the African American Museum and Library at Oakland (AAMLO), the Second Start Adult Literacy Program, and the Tool Lending Library

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  • I've spent many hours here doing my volunteer tutoring. It's a small space and much used by the neighborhood folks. The children's area is major and well-used. And I've borrowed books. The tool...  more »
  • A classic Carnegie bequest library building now a pillar of the neighborhood, full of kids on a Saturday. I love to come here and have borrowed lots of books here. Tool lending also.  more »
  • It was my first time here. The womens restrooms need more attention but other than that this library is great. Friendly staff & a good selection of books. I'll try to come here more often.
  • I'm super confused. This picture was taken Sept 9th, 2019 at 6 pm. As you can see from the hours posted the library should be open, but you can also see that it's closed via the large banner and the doors were locked. Is there a list where I might find out when the library is open in the evenings and when it isn't?

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