Piedmont Avenue Branch Library Oakland Public Library
80 + YEARS & Counting! We are now located at 80 Echo Avenue!

Email Us!

What's Going On
The Move
In the News
Map & Directios
Contact Us

Book Bag
That's right! Get Your Book Bag at the
Piedmont Avenue Branch Library!


Meeting of the Friends of the Library: March 18, 6:30 PM at the Library
Responding to the Community, we have new Library Hours! - Details >>

The Friends of the Piedmont Avenue Branch Library was formed in 1993 when our library was facing budget cuts and possible closure. We have continued to work for the Piedmont Avenue Branch Library reaching out to the community to advocate for our and other Oakland libraries.

With donations and proceeds of book sales we fund the Children’s Summer Reading Program, LGBT collection, DVD collection, magazine and newspaper subscriptions and community outreach programs.

If you wish to make a donation to the Piedmont Avenue Branch Library, please go to our Contact Us page.

Our Library Hours, Events & Programs are available here.

Our library is a vital resource and community hub - it is the fourth busiest of the 17 branches in the system.

The charming building on 41st Street where the library was located for 40 years was owned by Citibank and rented to the Library for $1 per month. In 2009 the building was purchased by Goohhue Investments and the rent increased beyond our budget. We are now located at 80 Echo Avenue - one half block from Piedmont Ave.

After researching the options, the Library moved to a portable building on the grounds of  Piedmont Avenue Elementary School.

The lease was approved by the OUSD Board of Education and Oakland's City Council. This is a short term solution. The next step is to find and fund a permanent location.

Please join the Friends to support our beloved library and to be involved in a long term solution by going to our Contact Us page.


Library Hours
Our new hours are:
Tuesday – 12:30-8:00
Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday: 10:00-5:30
Friday – 12:00-5:30
Sunday and Monday – Closed
We asked for it...
We got it...
Let's use it!
Oakland Public Library and the
2015 Budget
An additional $1.5M for library services was included in the 2015-2017 budget passed on June 30th.
Mayor Libby Schaaff included $1M for library services in her original budget proposal, which guaranteed OPL could maintain services at the current level.
Then, District 1Councilmember Dan Kalb proposed another $500K be added to the budget to increase hours and this proposal was included in Council President Lynette Gibson-McElhaney’s final budget that was passed on June 30th. How the additional $500K, available July 2016, will be distributed among branches is still to be determined.