Interested in getting a library card? Here are the things you'll need:
A picture ID with your address. If you don't have one with your current address, you must also bring in a piece of mail received through the postal service with your name and current address.
name and telephone number of a reference person not residing in your
home. We need this number in the event we cannot reach you by your
telephone number. We only contact reference numbers under extenuating
If you own a business, property, or reside in Oakland, your card is free. Unfortunately,
if you do not reside in Oakland or pay Oakland taxes, you must pay a
$25 yearly fee, which is due when you first sign up for your card.
You must be either 6 years old, or in the first grade, to be issued your own library card. Until
the child reaches this point, they may check out materials under a
relative's or guardian's card, with permission. However, the cardholder
will be held responsible for lost, overdue, or damaged books. Those
under 14 years of age need a parent's or guardian's signature.
Library Card Rules:
may check out 2 items with your card on your first visit to the
library. After returning these items, you have normal circulation
Once past the initial probationary period, patrons may check out up to 15 library materials at any given time, this includes all materials, such as movies audio cassettes, as well as books.
are given 2 weeks to return books. Library materials may be renewed in
person, over the phone, or on the library Website. Renewed items receive
an additional 2 weeks. Items with a waiting list may not be renewed.
Late books accumulate a 5¢-a-day fine. Patrons are given one day of grace past the due date.
Patrons will be assessed a fee for damaged and lost books.