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Friends of the Oakland Public Library


The Bookmark is a used bookstore in beautiful Old Oakland run by the Friends of the Oakland Public Library. Proceeds from book sales provide vital support to the Library: in 2018-19, the Friends granted $215,000 to the Library's various programs and branches.

The store is open Monday-Friday 10:30-5:30, Saturday & Sunday 10:30 - 3:30. Not all shifts are in need of new volunteers, but the situation changes often -- please inquire if are interested and have some regular time in your schedule to commit.

Bookstore volunteers do a variety of chores during their three hour-per-week shifts, such as: receiving, unpacking and pricing donations; shelving new books and culling old stock; keeping certain areas alphabetized; general upkeep, and most importantly - ringing up sales. One of the best parts of the job is simply chatting with our customers and other staffers about books, books, books! Come join our fun and dedicated team of library boosters!

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About Friends of the Oakland Public Library


721 Washington Street, Oakland, CA 94607, US

Mission Statement

Our mission is to advance the role of the Oakland Public Library as a vital community resource and as an institution critical to the culture, education, and welfare of our diverse community. Friends of the Oakland Public Library fulfills this mission by encouraging and facilitating volunteerism, advocacy efforts, and monetary support for the Library through fund-raising efforts.


The Friends raise money . . .

  • With sales at our Bookmark Bookstore in Old Oakland
  • From members’ dues and donations
  • Through special events

These funds support library programs and materials at the Main Library and all 16 branch locations, the Second Start Adult Literacy Program, the Books for Wider Horizons preschool story-reading program, the Tool Lending Library, and the African-American Museum and Library.


We'll work with your schedule.


721 Washington StreetOakland, CA 94607



  • Customer Service
  • Retail / Sales
  • People Skills


  • People 55+


  • Must be at least 18
  • Training plus 4-month commitment

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