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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.




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Would you recommend Friends of the Oakland Public Library?

by Eirini C. from New York, NY (November 1, 2015)
I have been volunteering with FOPL for almost a year and I couldn't be happier with my experience. Bookmark bookstore is a great environment to work in and the people are very nice.