School Libraries
Fundamental to a Quality Education


We are excited to share our commitment to ensuring that all Oakland Unified School District students have access to a quality school library.

Public school libraries and professional school librarians have suffered from budget cuts and continue to be at risk due to competing priorities for limited funds.  Many OUSD school libraries have been forced to close, collections have become outdated or unavailable to students and teachers due to lack of library staff.

Regardless of these challenges, the resources provided by a quality school library are paramount to success in reading, especially in disadvantaged communities. Friends of the Oakland Public School Libraries are dedicated to making  books  and quality resources accessible to all OUSD students through their school library.


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FOPSL partners with OUSD Library Services and many dedicated individuals, organizations and businesses to build collections, participate in work days and to ensure OUSD students have access to a quality school library. 

Since 2009, twenty-six OUSD libraries have been updated, renovated and/or restored with the  help of community volunteers under the direction of the OUSD District Librarian, Ann Gallagher, who retired in June 2015. Visit our “About FOPSL” page for a complete list. FOPSL continues to support every OUSD library. 

In 2016, we celebrated our fifth anniversary as a 501(c)3 charitable nonprofit.







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