Library Cards

Please email with any questions while OPL is closed due to COVID-19.

Anyone can get an Oakland Public Library card. While the library is closed, please complete an online application and email to set up your account. To reset your PIN, please either request a PIN reset online (the account must have a valid email address) or contact library staff at

Library cards are free and are available at all our locations. 

Usually, you must pick up your card in person (unless you are eligible for Extended Services). However, while OPL is closed, please email to receive online access.

Library Card Images

Choose one of our new library card designs while supplies last.

You can apply in person or complete an online application.

Visit your nearest library to pick up your card. To apply in person, you can print out an application form below, complete it at home and bring it to your nearest library.

If you are over 17 years old, you must show one piece of identification.

A child's application (for age 12 and under) needs the signature of a parent or guardian. If you are between 13 and 17 years old, you can either apply with a parent or guardian's signature or by bringing in one piece of acceptable identification.

You must have your own library card to check out library materials. You are responsible for all items checked out to you.

Library Card Applications

Text Message Updates

Replacing Lost Library Cards

If your card is lost or stolen, or if you change your name or address, notify the library immediately. 

Teacher Library Cards

The Oakland Public Library is pleased to offer Teacher Library Cards to support local educators in providing educational materials to their students.