Oakland Public Library Needs Your Help!

WHAT’S SO GREAT ABOUT OPL?

Lots! Here are just some of the things Oakland Public Library gives to Oakland: 

  • Safe community spaces
  • Great programs
  • Literacy and education
  • Free computers
  • Free tax and legal help
  • Free tools, seeds, music
  • Free books, newspapers, magazines, movies
  • Expert, welcoming staff

BUT OPL IS AT RISK.

Starting in July 2015, OPL’s budget will be short by $2.5- $3.5 million per year. For ten years, OPL’s funding has come partly from the City’s General Fund and partly from Measure Q, a parcel tax that was supposed to expand library services and add a sixth day of service at all library branches.  When Measure Q passed in 2004, the City paid for about 2/3 of OPL’s budget and Measure Q paid for about 1/3. Since then, the City has steadily reduced its support of OPL; now it pays for only a little more than 1/3 of OPL’s budget, and Measure Q pays for almost 2/3. Next year, the Measure Q reserve funds will be gone – but OPL still needs money for all the great things it does for Oakland.

Unless the City steps up, OPL will have to close 6-8 branches OR stop buying books and movies AND close 3 branches.

HOW YOU CAN HELP:

1. Join a group supporting OPL:

2. Tell the Oakland City Council what’s so great about OPL and why the City should pay for it:

3. Pass this information on to 5 friends.

HELP US GET THE BUDGET WE NEED TO KEEP OPL GREAT!

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