— The city of Oakland has launched a new public library that will serve the needs of Oakland’s low-wage earners.
The Oakland Public Library has opened its doors to Oaklanders living below the poverty line, and it is offering free access to the library, the first in the Bay Area to do so.
According to the city, it is a community resource center and will be open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday, Monday through Saturday, and Tuesday through Friday.
The library will serve Oaklanders in the city’s South of Market and the East Oakland neighborhoods.
In addition to providing access to books, the library also provides meals, groceries, and clothing.
It will also offer free parking.
The city hopes to attract a large and growing number of Oaklanders to the new library.
The library has been a focal point of the local community since it opened in February, according to a press release.
It is located at 1221 East 14th Street in the Oakland neighborhood, just off the Oakland City Council district, which includes East Oakland.
The public library is part of a partnership between the city and the American Library Association.
The city hopes the partnership will draw people who otherwise might not visit Oakland to the Oakland Public library, said David DeLeon, an assistant city administrator.
The new library opened last month, and more than 600 people have already signed up to use it, DeLeon said.