School Libraries are
Fundamental to a Quality Education



Friends of the Oakland Public School Libraries is committed to ensuring all Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) 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  Many OUSD school libraries have been forced to close, collections have become outdated or unavailable to students and teachers due to lack of library staff.


As of fall 2018, 40% of OUSD libraries remain closed, cutting off essential resources from over 13,000 pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students. 

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.


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 in partnership with OUSD Library Services.  Visit our “About FOPSL” page for a complete list of these schools. FOPSL has provided over 25,000 volunteer hours and contributed over $75,000 in books and resources to OUSD libraries. FOPSL continues to support every OUSD library. 



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