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Oakland 81st Avenue Branch Library
1021 81st Avenue, Oakland, CA 94621

The new 81st Avenue Library is a civic and community beacon for this underserved east Oakland neighborhood. The largest branch in the City’s library system, it also serves as a new academic library for two elementary schools located on the same site. A large dedicated teen area, quiet reading room, and preschool area are zoned to provide multi-generational use with acoustic control. The distinctive architectural form and vibrant interiors reflect the library’s commitment to innovation and sustainability. The building incorporates many innovative energy saving techniques and achieved LEED Gold certification. Group 4 prepared a successful application to the California State Library for a multi-million dollar construction grant.

This project grew out of the Group 4 prepared system-wide master facilities plan that also included a feasibility study for a new 160,000 sf main library.

The groundbreaking ceremony was held in May 2008. The grand opening of the new library was held on January 29, 2011. Click here for KCBS' report on the opening.

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Citation Award - American Institute of Architects San Mateo County
Outstanding Project - American School & University Magazine
California State Library grant-funded

LEED-NC Gold


Photos by Cesar Rubio