Our staff is committed to meeting the needs of the communities we serve through quality collections. Explore the 1.2 million books and other materials which are located in the Main Library, the African American Museum and Library at Oakland, and our 15 branches.
Download our Collection Development Policy (PDF).
If an item you need is not available on the shelf or is not owned by Oakland Public Library, you may order it through interlibrary loan.
To see featured lists of some of the newest items in our catalog (DVDs, Music CDs, Books on CD, Nuevos Títulos and 中文新书) please visit this page.
Reconsideration of Materials
Persons raising an objection to a book or other material in the library will be asked to provide a written explanation of their objections, citing specifics from the material in question. The supervisor of the unit receiving the complaint will refer the Request for Reconsideration of Library Materials form to the Collection Development librarian, who will appoint a commitee composed of librarians whose expertise or reading background is related to the material in question. The committee will evaluate the material and compose a report with the recommendations for action for the Director. The Library Director will respond to the individual or group making the complaint.
If you have found materials or library resources which you have concerns about, please complete the Request for Reconsideration of Library Materials form (PDF) and return it to your nearest library location.
Family History & Genealogy Resources
Foundation Center Cooperating Collection
Oakland History Room - Main Library, Second Floor
Language Collections at OPL (Branches)
The Oakland Public library has an extensive music collection located at the Main Library. This collection includes over 13,000 circulating music scores: chamber music scores & parts, solo instrumental & vocal repertoire, instructional methods, play-along CDs with accompanying scores, full and study scores, piano/vocal scores and songbooks for operas, musicals, sacred and popular music, and more. OPL also has a significant non-circulating songbook collection, in addition to the OPL Sheet Music Special Collection, with over 16,000 popular songs, art songs, and popular and classical piano pieces. Sound recordings also make up a significant part of the collection, comprising of over 1900 LPs (vinyl records), thousands of CDs and access to Freegal, an online streaming and download service giving patrons access to over 8 million songs.
Click here to access the OPL Music Collection website for OPL resources and links to other music related resources.