Fines and Fees

Effective July 1, 2019, Oakland Public Library will not collect overdue fines for library materials (excluding tools). Click here for more.

Please return library materials on time. You will be charged the current replacement cost for each item not returned 30 days after its due date. The replacement fee will be waived when the item is returned in good condition. If the item is returned damaged, you will be charged a damage fee.

Fines and fees are payable at any Oakland Public Library location by cash or check.  You can also pay your fines online.  

Click here for OPL's Borrowing Policies.

Late Items

Children and teen library users will not be charged late fines.

  • Adult Materials: No overdue fines.
  • LINK+ and ILL Materials: No overdue fines.
  • Teen & Children’s Materials: No overdue fines.
  • Video Games: No overdue fines.
  • Tools: $1 to $5 per day, based on tool’s value.

Lost/Damaged Items

  • Lost Materials (including tools, children’s & teen materials): Cost of replacement
  • Damaged Materials (including tools, children’s & teen materials): Varies with each item

Other Fees

  • Black & White Printing: 15¢ per page
  • Color Printing (at select locations): 50¢ per page


If you think you don’t receive expected email notices from Oakland Public Library, here is what to do to troubleshoot the problem:

  1. Verify that your email address in your patron record is correct using the “Edit Account” feature by logging in to your patron account online here, and update your email address if needed.
  2. If your email address is correct, check your email spam/junk folder to see if library’s emails are there.
  3. Whitelist OPL's email address if the library’s email is found in spam/junk mail folder.
  4. If library’s emails still end up in spam/junk mail folder after whitelisted, contact your email service provider to resolve it.
  5. If you use an email address where spam filtering may be especially rigorous, and you cannot whitelist library's email address, you should try using a different email address for library email.
  6. If you can’t find the library’s emails in any folders, contact the library and ask library staff to send you a test email.
  7. Check your email to see if you receive the test mail from OPL. If you can't find the test email in the Inbox folder, check the spam/junk folders to see if the test email is there.
  8. If library emails are showing up in spam, do step 3 and 4 above.
  9. Please be reminded that emails in spam/junk folders typically get automatically deleted after a certain amount of time, depending on your email service’s settings. So if you wait too long to check spam/junk folders, you may not find the filtered mails there.
  10. Let library staff know if you don’t receive the test message from OPL in any of your email folders.