The Oakland Public Library has a very large and diverse collection of African American reference materials. While many of these works are scattered throughout our Oakland Public Library system, there are two specialized collections in the system: the African American Reference Collection at the Main Library and the African American Museum and Library at Oakland (AAMLO).
The African American Reference Collection at the Main Library has been a core part of the library’s reference works for many years. Located in the Adult Reference Department, it includes encyclopedia on historic figures, important eras, social movements, and the arts; biographical dictionaries; historical atlases; pictorial works; directories; first editions of seminal African American works; literary criticism; and statistical reports. This extensive collection is