César E. Chávez Branch

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Branch Address

3301 East 12th Street
Oakland, CA  94601
(510) 535-5620

Branch Hours

Monday: 
Closed
Tuesday: 
12:30pm - 8:00pm
Wednesday: 
10:00am - 5:30pm
Thursday: 
10:00am - 5:30pm
Friday: 
12:00pm - 5:30pm
Saturday: 
10:00am - 5:30pm
Sunday: 
Closed

About the César E. Chávez Branch

Haga clic aquí para obtener más información acerca de los servicios de biblioteca en español.

Click here to learn more about the history of Chávez Branch.

Chavez Branch has approximately 56,000 books, CDs, videos, DVDs, audio books, audiocassettes, and magazines and newspapers for all ages.

Our Spanish language collection is the largest of the system, with 18,500 circulating Spanish items. Also of popular interest is our Chicano reference and circulating collection. Chavez also has small Vietnamese and Chinese Adult collections.

The branch is equipped with sixteen (16) computers with Internet access for public use, and two (2) additional internet-only express stations.

Chavez Branch also has a Seed Lending Library. The Cesar Chavez Seed Library is a free urban seed project committed to increasing the capacity of our community to feed itself wholesome food by means of education that fosters community resilience, self-reliance and a culture of sharing. Anyone is welcome to come in and check-out seeds. No library card is needed, just sign-out for them. We then ask that you let some go to seed after planting them and return some of these next generation seeds for others to borrow. The best part is that there are no fines if you are unable to return the seeds!

Meeting Room

The meeting room has a capacity of 50 people. Tables, chairs, and a pull-down screen are available.

Currently on Exhibit

Day of the Dead Altar / Altar de Día de los Muertos


The Chavez Library will be displaying an altar to commemorate the Latino holiday. The community is invited to contribute by adding a photo of someone deceased that they would like to honor.

La Biblioteca Chávez estará exhibiendo un altar para conmemorar la fiesta latina. Se invita a la comunidad a contribuir añadiendo una foto de alguien fallecido que les gustaría honrar.

On Display From

Sat, 10/25/2014 - Sat, 11/29/2014

Upcoming Events

Friday, December 12th, 2014
Event Name Time
Afterschool Art with MOCHA 3:30pm
Saturday, December 13th, 2014
Event Name Time
Free Computer Help Available 10:00am
Chess at Chavez 11:00am
Holiday Card Making for Teens 12:00pm
Tight Knit & Crafts / El Grupo de Tejer y Manualidades 2:00pm
Tuesday, December 16th, 2014
Event Name Time
Free Computer Help Available 5:00pm
Celebrate the Posadas Making Piñatas / Celebremos las Posadas Haciendo Piñatas 6:00pm
Wednesday, December 17th, 2014
Event Name Time
Bilingual Preschool Storytime / Hora de cuentos bilingues 10:30am
Toddler Storytime / Horas de cuentos bilingües 11:00am
Chavez GameZone 3:00pm