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Meet Doug Thomas, Adult Services Librarian at Oakley Library

Doug Thomas

Doug Thomas grew up in Oakland and says it was a librarian at the city’s public library that helped him to cultivate a love for reading. That early exposure to libraries may have helped to start him on a path to his future career, but it was random turn of events in college that cemented it.

“I had to work 16 hours a week in a college department to keep my scholarship, and the only department willing to offer me that many hours was the library,” he says. “I worked for the Special Collections/Archives and it opened me to the world of fine, rare, art, and the preservation of history through archival means.”

Doug has been with the Contra Costa County Library for 16 years, spending time at the Clayton and Prewett libraries. He is currently the adult services librarian at the Oakley Library. His favorite part of the job is working with the public.

“I absolutely love seeing the transformation our service brings to people,” he says. “I especially enjoy watching young people grow to adults and then come back and say how influential our services have been to their personal development.”

In his spare time, Doug enjoys playing the French horn and spending time with his five rescue cats, Sammich, Morgan La Fey, Maxfield Parrish, Lucrezia Jynx, and Izidkiel Pericles.

Doug earned his bachelor’s degree from Occidental College and his master’s in library and information science from San Jose State University.