There are pocket libraries popping up all over Oakland!
Little Free Library #12135 at Maxwell Park,        photo CC BY 2.0 by PunkToadLittle Free Library #17272 at 835 54th Street, photo courtesy of Berkeley Little Free Libraries12th and 20th pocket library. It's on the same intersection as the Quan Am Tu Shrine. (by mk30)Little Free Library #2619 at 5805 Merriewood Drive (this library is a custom made mini Eichler), photo courtesy of Berkeley Little Free LibrariesLittle Free Library #18893 at 1092 Clarendon Crescent (follow the path to the treehouse), photo courtesy of Berkeley Little Free LibrariesLittle Free Library #15847 at 420 Elwood Ave, photo courtesy of Berkeley Little Free Libraries

Little Free Library
Lower Sunnyhills
Photo courtesy of
 Oakland Originals
Little Free Library Upper Sunnyhills
Photo courtesy of Oakland Originals
Another image of the Little Free Library at
12th and 20th. The Quan Am Tu Shrine
 is visible in the back. 
Photo courtesy of Oakland Originals





There was an article in Oakland magazine in January/February 2014 about the little libraries, which are called "Little Free Libraries." The article credits Joe Hellerstein with bringing the libraries to the East Bay from Wisconsin and making the first official library in the east bay in April 2012. The article says there are 5 official libraries in Oakland, but there are now more than 20 of these libraries in Oakland. Many of them are listed on the Little Free Library website's map at http://littlefreelibrary.org/ourmap/ (there are also some unofficial little libraries which are not registered at the website or listed on the official map)

 

  • 36 Glen Ave. (updated 3/12) (Piedmont Avenue neighborhood)
  • 3939 Maybelle Ave. (updated 4/12) (Redwood Heights neighborhood)
  • 5805 Merriewood Dr. (updated 9/12) (Merriewood neighborhood)
  • 247 Marlow Dr. (updated 10/12) (Sheffield neighborhood)
  • 6506 Mokelumne Ave. (Millsmont neighborhood, sponsored by Desley Brooks) (updated 12/13)
  • 5371 Shafter Ave  (updated 2/14) (Shafter neighborhood)
  • 2207 Havenscourt Blvd. (updated 3/14) (Havenscourt neighborhood)
  • 2938 56th Ave (Seminary neighborhood)
  • Maxwell Park (there are two libraries located on the Fleming Avenue side of the park)
  • 420 Elwood Avenue (Grand Lake neighborhood)
  • 201 Palm Drive (Piedmont neighborhood)
  • 1092 Clarendon Crescent (Trestle Glen neighborhood, go down the path and the library is under the treehouse)
  • 2721 Park Boulevard (Eastlake neighborhood)
  • 4828 Webster Street (Temescal neighborhood)
  • 1086 Alcatraz Avenue (Emery Bay neighborhood)
  • 835 54th Street (Emery Bay neighborhood)
  • 5830 Birch Court (Claremont neighborhood)
  • 6475 Colby Street (Claremont neighborhood)
  • 6862 Ridgewood Drive (Montclair neighborhood)
  • 12th Avenue and East 20th Street (not on the official list but exists!) (in the Clinton neighborhood)

Little Free Library #7983 at 5371 Shafter Avenue, photo courtesy of @davidcolburn (used with permission)Little Free Library #18653 at 6862 Ridgewood Drive, photo courtesy of Berkeley Little Free LibrariesPhone booth library at 5830 Birch Court, photo courtesy of Berkeley Little Free LibrariesLittle Free Library #1009 at 3939 Maybelle Ave, photo courtesy of Berkeley Little Free Libraries
Little Free Libraries appear to be a sort of "official" type library: you can build one or order premade ones from the LFL website www.LittleFreeLibrary.org. Pre-made libraries range from $160 to $600.
Picture of one in North Oakland.
Blog.
Oakland Tribune article