Partnership with Oakland Unified School District (OUSD)

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Library Cards for OUSD Students

Information For Parents of Children Enrolled in OUSD

The Oakland fREADom Card (previously Oakland Promise Card) is a regular Oakland Public Library (OPL) card on your child's school badge.  One side is the school badge, and the other side is the OPL card. If your child already has an OPL library card and receives an Oakland fREADom Card, the fREADom Card will become their new library card.

For the 2019-20 school year, the Oakland fREADom Card is being piloted at various OUSD schools.  

The Oakland Public Library does not charge overdue fines.

Your child's library card allows them full access to all library print and online materials. To review our borrowing policies see:  

It’s important that your child keeps their contact information up to date.  Notices of holds or overdue items will be sent to email, or phone if there is no email on file. Contact information can be updated using the barcode and PIN number by clicking Manage My Account, or by calling any library location

For information on our resources, see:

Online Research and Learning

eBooks and Other Digital Content

OPL Kids

OPL Teens

Q. My child already has a library card. How is this different?

A: OUSD and OPL entered this partnership to ensure that all Oakland students have access to free library materials. Eventually, this card ill be issued automatically to every student enrolled in OUSD. If your child already has a card, the Oakland fREADom Card will be their new card. 

Q: What happens if my child loses their Oakland fREADom Card?

A: Your child may get a free replacement card through the teacher librarian at their school.  They can also receive a free regular replacement card (without the student ID) at any Oakland Public Library.

Q: What happens if my child borrows books or other materials and loses or forget to return them?

A: There are no overdue or late fees.  If your child doesn’t return an item 60 days after it is due, they will receive a bill to replace it.  If you have the item and can return it then, you won’t owe anything.  If the bill is difficult, please talk to any Oakland Public Library staff and we will ensure that your child can continue to use the library. 

Q. How did the library receive my child’s information?  Can the school see my child’s library record? 

A: OPL receives minimal data from OUSD about your child in order to create this card (name, birthdate, address, phone, school, and school ID), through a signed agreement between OUSD and the City of Oakland. This information is not disclosed to any other entity.  

OUSD does not have access to your child’s library record. Your child’s library record is fully confidential, by state law, as are all OPL library card records.  You can review OPL's privacy policy at

If you have further questions about the Card, you may contact Laura Liang at if your child is 12 or under, or Sharon McKellar at for youth age 13 and up.