Safe, welcoming, and well-resourced libraries are essential to our neighborhoods and city. They provide crucial reading and story-time programs for young children, a safe place for children and teens after school, computer access for students and adults, and language courses for adults who are not native English speakers.
Unfortunately, the current City budget makes it increasingly challenging to provide these essential library services. The library budget will have a significant deficit next year, and without additional funding, the City may be forced to close some branches. To prevent library closures or any reduction in hours, the Oakland Public Library (OPL) is looking at possible methods of creating a dedicated source of funding for library services.
In order to maintain, protect and improve library services throughout Oakland, the City Council and library advocates have placed Measure D on the June 2018 ballot. The measure will:
Prevent library closures and extend hours on evenings and weekends to better accommodate students and working families.
Provide safe places for children and teens after school.
Maintain youth reading programs and services to seniors.
Keep libraries safe and welcoming.
Provide literacy services for families and adults.
Taxpayer protections are required. An oversight committee comprised of community members will be established to ensure that parcel tax funds are spent properly to support our libraries. Additionally, parcel tax funds would be subject to ongoing audits.
The measure includes exemptions for low-income seniors and very low-income households.