Starting January 2022, the Oakland Literacy Coalition’s School Library Partnerships program is the new home of the work founded and formerly led by Friends of Oakland Public School Libraries (FOPSL).

We advocate for and support Oakland’s underfunded public school libraries. 

The Challenge

  • 66%

    OUSD students not reading at grade-level

  • 50%

    OUSD libraries are closed

Our Response

  • $265,000

    Donated to support OUSD school libraries since 2012

  • 3,900

    Books donated in 2021


How We Work to Support School Libraries

We are committed to expanding and improving library services in Oakland public schools.

Fundraising & Grants for Libraries

We support OUSD libraries with book, technology and library program grants.

Libraries need new books to stay relevant and appealing, but schools do not have sufficient money for new books.

Our Elaine Wells Books Kids Want to Read Grant helps libraries replace lost and worn books, buy books students request and buy new books from popular series.


Our advocacy is about equity.

School libraries support student achievement.
Every Oakland student deserves the same educational opportunities.

We work with the Board of Education, District Administration, library staff, community organizations, parents and community members to advocate for library services that reach every public school student in Oakland.

Library Book Donation Program

More info coming soon

Library Volunteering

If you love school libraries...

We would love to work with you!

Please join us in supporting Oakland public school libraries. Our skilled, fun and friendly group of volunteers help school library staff with inventories, shelving, shelf-reading, book repair, covering as well as cataloging.

No experience is necessary!

Why School Libraries Matter

School libraries are essential for our students to learn, thrive, and succeed.

School Libraries Build Literacy

Research demonstrates that a critical way to build literacy is access to books. School libraries are more accessible than public libraries, because they are right down the hall.


The library is where students are encouraged to follow their own interests and drive their own learning.

College & Career Readiness

How will students navigate college libraries if they’ve gone from kindergarten through senior year without access to a school library?

Educational Equity

74% of Oakland students are living in poverty. The absence of school libraries most deeply affects students living in poverty.

Donate to Support School Libraries 

Your donations are vital to our work supporting, advocating, and bringing additional books and resources to Oakland’s public school libraries. When making your gift, you can indicate whether you’d like to support a specific project (for example, OUSD’s Digital Library) or have us allocate the funding to where it’s most needed right now.

Make a Donation

Become a Sustaining Supporter 

Monthly donations are essential for sustaining our work and programs. As a sustaining supporter, you’ll be part of our virtual book club and receive recommendations from the Oakland Literacy Coalition community on the books that we are currently reading and loving!

Become a Sustaining Supporter
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