Fines and Fees

On May 21, 2019, the Oakland City Council approved the 2019-20 Master Fee Schedule which will eliminate overdue fines for all library materials (exlcuding tools), effective July 1, 2019. Click here for more.

Please return library materials on time. You will be charged the current replacement cost for each item not returned. There are no refunds for replacement fees, even if the lost material is recovered.  If the item is returned damaged, you will be charged a damage fee.

Fines and fees are payable at any Oakland Public Library location by cash or check.  You can also pay your fines online.  

Late Items

Children and teen library users will not be charged late fines.

  • Adult Materials: 25¢ per day, $6.00 limit per item
  • LINK+ and ILL Materials: $1.00 per day
  • Tools: $1 to $20 per day, based on tool’s value
  • Teen & Children’s Materials: No fines
  • Video Games: 25¢ per day, $6.00 limit per item

Lost/Damaged Items

  • Lost Materials (including tools, children’s & teen materials): Cost of replacement
  • Damaged Materials (including tools, children’s & teen materials): Varies with each item

Other Fees

  • Interlibrary Loan Request: $2.00 request fee
  • Computer Printing: 15¢ per page, 50¢ per page of color printing (available at Main Library and 81st Avenue Branch only)
  • Birth & Death Certificate Copies, Obituary request: $4.00 per name requested


If you think you don’t receive expected email notices from Oakland Public Library, here is what to do to troubleshoot the problem:

  1. Verify that your email address in your patron record is correct using the “Edit Account” feature by logging in to your patron account online here, and update your email address if needed.
  2. If your email address is correct, check your email spam/junk folder to see if library’s emails are there.
  3. Whitelist OPL's email address if the library’s email is found in spam/junk mail folder.
  4. If library’s emails still end up in spam/junk mail folder after whitelisted, contact your email service provider to resolve it.
  5. If you use an email address where spam filtering may be especially rigorous, and you cannot whitelist library's email address, you should try using a different email address for library email.
  6. If you can’t find the library’s emails in any folders, contact the library and ask library staff to send you a test email.
  7. Check your email to see if you receive the test mail from OPL. If you can't find the test email in the Inbox folder, check the spam/junk folders to see if the test email is there.
  8. If library emails are showing up in spam, do step 3 and 4 above.
  9. Please be reminded that emails in spam/junk folders typically get automatically deleted after a certain amount of time, depending on your email service’s settings. So if you wait too long to check spam/junk folders, you may not find the filtered mails there.
  10. Let library staff know if you don’t receive the test message from OPL in any of your email folders.