from our friends at the OPL:

For anyone who can use a little good news during tax time, the Oakland Public Library, in partnership with AARP, offers free tax assistance from February 1 through April 15, 2014. Trained volunteers will help residents fill out their forms at several library locations (see below for locations and schedule).

The Library’s Tax Assistance program is very popular, and not everyone is guaranteed a time slot. Seniors, ages 60 and up, will be given preference for walk-in appointments.

Participants need to bring copies of last year’s federal and state tax returns and all materials pertaining to their 2013 tax forms for themselves and their spouse (if filing jointly).

Walk-in appointments (no need to call ahead) will be available at the Main Library and Eastmont Branch. Be sure to arrive in time for the beginning of the day’s session in order to receive a time slot. All other library locations offering this service require that appointments be made in advance by calling the branch ahead of time.

Tax Assistance Schedule: 


Oakland Main Library

Bradley Walters Community Room

125 14th Street, (510) 238-3134

Mondays, 10 am to 3 pm

Wednesdays, 12 to 4 pm

Saturdays, 10 am to 3 pm

No advance appointments; arrive early to sign up for a time slot.


César E. Chávez Branch

3301 East 12th St., suite 271, (510) 535-5620

Thursdays, 10 am to 3:30 pm

Fridays from 12 noon to 3:30 pm

Bilingual Spanish/English

Call for an appointment. Some walk-ins may be accepted; call for information.


Dimond Branch

3565 Fruitvale Avenue, (510) 482-7844

Tuesdays, 12:30 to 4:30 pm

Thursdays, 10:30 am to 2:30 pm

Call for an appointment.


Eastmont Branch

7200 Bancroft Avenue, (510) 615-5726

Fridays, 12 to 4 pm

No advance appointments; arrive early to sign up for a time slot.


Golden Gate Branch

5606 San Pablo Avenue, (510) 597-5023

Wednesdays, 10 am to 4:45 pm

Call for an appointment.


The Tax Assistance Program will not take place on official City holidays. For more information, please call (510) 238-3134, or visit This free service is being brought to you by the Oakland Public Library and AARP. All library facilities are wheelchair accessible.


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