The 81st Avenue Library.

The 81st Avenue Branch Library is the newest branch of Oakland Public Library: it opened on Jan. 29th 2011. Part of a unique collaboration between the City, the state, and OUSD, the library is in the same campus as ACORN Woodland and EnCompass Academy elementary schools, making it both a public library and a school library.  This is the only joint school/public library in Oakland, probably in the Bay Area, and possibly in California.

The collection contains over 30,000 items in English and Spanish languages, serving both the general public and nearby schools. The branch has 22 PCs for public use with Internet access and Microsoft Office 2010.

The library is located in the Fitchburg neighborhood.


1021 81st Avenue, Oakland, California 94621




  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: 11:30am - 7:00pm
  • Wednesday: 10:00am - 5:30pm
  • Thursday: 10:00am - 5:30pm
  • Friday: 12:00pm - 5:30pm
  • Saturday: 10:00am - 5:30pm
  • Sunday: Closed


  • Job Club, 1st two Saturdays of each month, 11:00AM-12:30PM.   The club provides support with resume building and job searching on the internet.  Everyone is welcome. For more info, call 510-615-5812. Assistance is also available in Spanish!
  • Lawyers in the Library, 3rd Tuesday of each month, Free legal information and referral presented with the Alameda County Bar Association. Sessions are popular and sometimes subject to change. Lottery sign-ups start at 4:45pm. 

    Call ahead to confirm on the day of the program. 615-5812

  • Game Day, Saturdays, 3-5pm.  Play games on the Xbox Kinect and PS3. Kids and teens ages 8-18.

  • Afterschool Art at the Library with MOCHA: Kids (grades K-8) come to Mocha's FREE weekly art workshops. No sign-up necessary. Just show up and paint, draw, build, glue, sew, collage and play with clay. Wednesdays, 2-4PM.

  • Anime Club: Watch anime, preview new manga, create your own art and comics, and treat yourself to Japanese snacks. 4th Tuesday, 4:00-6:00 PM.

  • Toddler Storytime: Saturdays, 11 AM, followed by playtime.

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The side of the 81st Ave. branch Library.The main area of the library. (by mk30, Feb. 2013)Books in Arabic. (by mk30, Feb. 2013)Getting help with computers. (by mk30, Feb. 2013)The main area of the library (by mk30, Feb. 2013)View from the second floor. (by mk30, Feb. 2013)