Oakland Public Libraries are an essential community resource. Vote YES on Measure C to protect access to local libraries for everyone in Oakland – without raising tax rates.

Our libraries are vital for Oakland youth. They provide safe spaces for our children and teenagers and provide homework assistance, tutoring programs, and other resources that help students succeed.

But our libraries need your help. Your YES vote on Measure C will keep all our libraries open to continue providing safe places for children and teens, literacy programs for adults and seniors, and connection to government services and assistance, including for homeless individuals – without raising tax rates.

Without Measure C, our neighborhood libraries will be forced to cut hours and services, and some will likely close. With Measure C, we can ensure students, seniors, and working families have access to public library services when they need them.

Measure C will:

  • Provide safe places and protect after-school programs to keep students engaged and prepare them for college and careers.
  • Prevent library closures and preserve extended hours to serve students, seniors, and working families.
  • Keep libraries safe, clean and welcoming.
  • Maintain literacy services.
  • Improve safety of our public libraries during the pandemic and beyond.
  • Increase computer and internet access for all.

Measure C funds can be spent only for Oakland Public Libraries; the City cannot spend this money for any other purpose. Measure C is temporary and cannot be extended without a new vote of the people. The measure includes exemptions for low-income seniors and residents, community oversight, and regular independent audits.

Oakland Public Library branches help our community members find jobs; start small businesses; find housing, legal, and tax assistance; access the internet; and more.

Join Oakland teachers, librarians, families, and community leaders. Protect our libraries without raising tax rates: vote YES on Measure C.

Election Day is June 7 - Ballots will be mailed to Oakland voters the week of May 9. Vote Yes on C!