They say having fun isn't hard when you've got a library card, and soon people with an Oakland Public Library card will be able to have even more fun as the system expands its hours at all of its branches.
Starting April 1, the Main Library on 14th Street and the 81st Avenue branch will be open every day. The other 15 neighborhood branches (except for the Eastmont branch) will be open six days a week including two evenings until 8 p.m., and all branches will be open on Mondays. This adds an additional day to almost all branches and will also increase the number of days branches are open past 5:30 p.m.
The library is also extending the hours of its Tool Lending Library at the Telegraph branch and the African American Museum and Library at Oakland.
"We've heard pretty regularly that the hours aren't as flexible as people would like," said Library Director Jamie Turbak.
Library hours were cut in 2009 during the Great Recession, leaving most branches only open five days a week and on one evening. All 28 San Francisco Public Library branches are open seven days a week, and all 25 San Jose Public Library locations are open six days a week, with the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. branch open every day.