• How can I find books and novels online to read and/or listen to? 

    If you don't have one, get a Free Oakland Public Library Card HERE

    If you are 13 years or older, get a Free Alameda County Library Card


    Resources available with an Oakland Public Library card (or other public library card)*


    Popular fiction and nonfiction titles in multiple languages for teens and adults available as e-books and audio books for checkout for up to 21 days. If the book you want is not available, place a hold on it to get on the waitlist. Books can be downloaded to view on Chromebooks, Mac computers, iPads, Kindle, Nook, Galaxy Tab or Microsoft Surface. Get the Libby app to download books to your phone.


    Popular fiction and nonfiction books, including thousands of graphic novels, that are always available for checkout. You can download the Hoopla app to read on your device.

    Always Available Classics

    This catalog of available e-books includes many European and American authors of traditional “classics,” including: Mark Twain, Charles Dickens, Edith Wharton, Charlotte Bronte, Jane Austen, Frederick Douglass, and William Shakespeare.

    Recorded Books Digital

    Collection of audio books, both popular fiction and nonfiction, as well as magazines.

    *Note: You will need to know your library card number and pin. The default pin is the last 4 digits of your library card barcode. If you reset your pin # and have forgotten it, call OPL at (510) 238-3134.

    Resources that DO NOT require a library card

    Open Library

    This collection includes a range of fiction and nonfiction ebook titles. You can sign-up for a free account to borrow ebooks.

    National Emergency Library

    A collection of books that supports emergency remote teaching and learning while schools are closed. You can filter by reading grade level. You can sign-up for a free account to borrow ebooks. Warning: some authors are not happy with this site due to copyright violations. Try other sites first. 

    Big Timber Media

    A small collection of titles, both fiction and nonfiction, available to read online.


    Links to a range of webcomics


    A collection of nonfiction titles sortable by reading level that can be read online and/or played as an audiobook. Use the sign-in:

     Username: continue       Password: reading

    Project Gutenberg


    Large collection of mostly older literary works published before 1924. Ebooks are available for download or to read online.

     HERE for access to OUSD databases & partnerships.