Mission: OUSD Libraries provide all students crucial access and regular opportunities to READ, explore, collaborate, create, think critically, problem solve and have fun in a safe and vibrant space, while teachers access resources and essential support to extend lessons beyond the classroom. We collaborate to create strong library programs aimed at engaging students to become skilled users of information and technology, fostering academic growth and information literacy.
Vision: Oakland Unified School District Libraries are the heart of every school. Within five years we will have model libraries at the Elementary, Middle and High school levels with professional Teacher-Librarians, support staff, book budgets, technology and furniture. These model libraries support and uplift the school they serve and provide inspiration for the entire District: library staff, central office administration, principals and funders. Our collections and library programming -- including maker spaces, art, traveling exhibits, award winning authors and speakers -- is recognized in the Bay Area as a standard for other school districts to reach. Within ten years, all of the elementary, middle and high school libraries will follow the model set within the first five years. Central office staff, principals, teachers and the full school community thoroughly understand the value of the school library and are ambassadors of library culture.
OUSD libraries: the heart of every school!
Literacy, Equity & Access for All!
As we work to bring back libraries in OUSD and to create equity:
- We love volunteers to support our central and school libraries and professional library staff! Apply to volunteer through the Oakland Educational Fund.
- We love donations! We currently operate with a budget of 1.7 million dollars for 86 school libraries. We need 11.7 to provide equity and libraries for all. Your monthly, yearly or other donation goes directly to books (we receive 40% off) and resources for our students. It's important that we have flexibility, immediate access, and are empowered to respond to the needs of our students: this fund helps us with that. Please make your check payable to: Philanthropic Ventures Foundation with “Juvenile Justice Literacy Fund” in the check memo line, and mail it to: Philanthropic Ventures Foundation 1222 Preservation Park Way Oakland, CA 94612-1201. See here for more information - please select the Juvenile Justice Literacy Fund.
- We love specific book drives!
Follow the District Library Manager's blog, the Juvenile Justice Literacy Project.