School Library Partnerships
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 support and advocate for Oakland’s public school libraries.
OUSD students not reading at grade-level
OUSD libraries are closed
Donated to support OUSD school libraries since 2012
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.
OUSD Digital Library
Fundraising and promotion for the OUSD Digital Library
The OUSD Digital Library (Sora) provides an essential literacy tool on an on-going basis, because it allows students to select books to read every day, including days when school is not open and
school libraries are not available.
FOPSL worked with OUSD to launch the Digital Library in 2020 and provides ongoing fundraising and awareness building for the program.Visit OUSD Digital Library
Library Book Donation Program
Collecting & processing book donations
We secure donations of new and gently used library-quality books, process them, and deliver them shelf-ready to school library staff to add to their collections. This program, also know as Libib, has donated nearly 5,000 books since its inception in 2020.
If you love school libraries...
We would love to work with you!
Starting Fall 2022, we hope to be back to in-person volunteering in 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?
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.
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!