In keeping with Alameda County Library’s mission to “offer opportunities and resources for lifelong learning and enjoyment that support individual and community growth, the Alameda County Library works to address the needs of underserved populations within our communities who lack traditional access to library services with the following services and resources:
J.A.I.L.S. Juvenile & Inmate Library Services
Adult & Juvenile: Alameda County Library provides library service to inmates in the county jails. We provide one-to-one and small group literacy instruction to adult English-speaking Alameda County inmates who read and write below the 8th grade level.
Start with a Story: Start with a Story delivers story times, free books, and family literacy activities to children, ages 1-16 years old, who visit at Alameda County Jails in Oakland and Dublin, California.
P.U.L.S.E.: Pop-Up Library Services for Everyone: Alameda County Library P.U.L.S.E. Project establishes extended library branches to agencies within the county serving marginalized populations.
H.E.L.P.: Hope for Every Library Patron: Alameda County Library H.E.L.P. Project identifies and provides direct and appropriate library services for every patron, regardless of housing or economic status.
Write to Read is a comprehensive collaborative program that brings library services, programs and literacy to incarcerated youth at Alameda County Juvenile Justice Center.