All library locations will be closed on Tuesday and Wednesday, December 24th and 25th for Christmas. All library locations will be open on Tuesday, December 31st from 10:00am - 5:30pm and will be closed on Wednesday, January 1st for New Year's Day.
Volunteer at the Library
The Oakland Public Library thrives because of its many volunteers, who do everything from serving as computer docents to reading to preschool children.
If you are interested in joining our group of dedicated volunteers - thank you! Please review the list of opportunities below and follow the instructions to apply as indicated. Please note that volunteers should be at least 18 years old unless otherwise noted.
If you'd like some help in choosing a volunteer opportunity, please contact Sara DuBois, Coordinator, Grants & Volunteers, at (510) 238-6572 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that some of these programs may have a full complement of volunteers at this time. For more information, or to put your name on a list of interested library volunteers, please contact Sara DuBois, Coordinator, Grants & Volunteers, at (510) 238-6572 or email@example.com
The African American Museum & Library at Oakland (AAMLO) is dedicated to the discovery, preservation, interpretation, and sharing of historical and cultural experiences of African Americans in California and the West for present and future generations. Call (510) 637-0200 to find out how you can help support AAMLO and its mission.
Adopt A Spot volunteer
Through the Oakland Adopt A Spot program, the City of Oakland Public Works Agency provides a unique opportunity for individuals (of all ages) and groups to play an active and ongoing role in cleaning, greening and beautifying parks, creeks, streets, and other public spaces - including libraries!
Public Works provides adopters with tools (on loan), debris pickup and technical assistance. Please note that a one-year commitment is required for this program. Review the Adopt a Spot Program Packet for an application and more detailed information. You can also contact an Adopt a Spot coordinator by phone at (510) 238-7630 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Does your library already have an Adopt a Spot crew? Come out and help on the following regular cleanup days:
- Main Library (125 14th Street): every Thursday from 8:30-9:30 a.m., starting outside the Children's Room on Oak Street. Email email@example.com to confirm and to ensure extra supplies are on hand for your use.
- Elmhurst Branch (1427 88th Avenue): 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month from 10:15-11:30 a.m.
Adult Literacy Tutor
Since 1984, Second Start volunteers have provided vital tutoring services to adults who want to improve their basic reading and writing skills. The program matches volunteer tutors one-to-one with adult literacy students.
Tutors and students meet at libraries all over Oakland at times that are convenient for both the student and the tutor. Tutoring pairs focus on students' learning goals, and in the process, they make a wonderful difference in families, work places, and communities throughout Oakland.
Please note that 15 hours of training and a 6-month commitment are required for this program. Call Second Start at (510) 238-3432 or access the application online.
Friends of the Oakland Public Library (FOPL) operates a used bookstore in Old Oakland. FOPL uses the money it raises through book sales and member donations to support library programs. FOPL welcomes donations of used books, volunteers to staff the bookstore, and new members. Please note that training and a 6-month commitment are required for bookstore volunteers.
Call (510) 444-0473 or stop in during open hours to check it out and submit a volunteer application.
Computer docents are needed at the Elmhurst Branch (1427 88th Avenue) and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Branch (6833 International Blvd). Make a difference by helping patrons with basic computer skills such as setting up an email address, learning how to use word processing, completing on-line applications, etc.
To apply, please complete an OPL volunteer application and submit to: Sara DuBois, Oakland Main Library, 125 14th St., Oakland 94612.
Main Library Information Desk Docent
Working with a staff person, our docents welcome library patrons and provide courteous assistance in person or by telephone from the front desk in our main lobby. Docents direct patrons to the appropriate library departments and personnel where they can then find more in-depth assistance.
Volunteers are scheduled for 2-hour shifts one day/week, and a minimum time commitment of six months is required. Please submit an application and note that the next round of interviews will take place mid-February 2014..
Preschool Story Reader
Books for Wider Horizons is a program that recruits, trains, and places volunteer story readers in preschool or childcare centers throughout the City of Oakland. Call (510) 238-7453 or e-mail Celia Jackson at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to request an application.
Please note that a 7-night training session (offered in the fall) is required for this program. Upon completion of the training, each participant agrees to prepare and present a weekly storytime at a partnering preschool site for at least 6 months.
Teen Zone Volunteer
Join 30+ weekly teen volunteers in assisting with materials, programming and displays in the TeenZone, a unique, recreational (fun!) facility that is unlike any library space you've probably ever seen. Talk to Brian at the Teen Zone for more information, or call (510) 238-7332. We are usually full but we always take applications for our waiting list.