Main Library

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Branch Address

125 14th Street
Oakland, CA  94612
(510) 238-3134

Branch Hours

10:00am - 5:30pm
10:00am - 5:30pm
12:00pm - 8:00pm
12:00pm - 8:00pm
12:00pm - 5:30pm
10:00am - 5:30pm
1:00pm - 5:00pm

About the Main Library

Located between downtown and Lake Merritt, Oakland's Main Library is one of the largest public library facilities in the Bay Area. In addition to large collections of over 350,000 reference and circulating non-fiction and fiction books, the Main Library offers hundreds of current and historic magazines and newspapers, a major collection of sheet music, and thousands of maps.

There are federal, state, and local government publications and a large collection of compact discs, videocassettes, DVDs, and audiobooks. We are also home to the Oakland History Room, a significant resource on the history of our area, a large and active Children's Room, and the TeenZone.

The branch is equipped with 33 computers with Internet access available for public use, available on a drop-in, first-come, first-served basis. Adaptive technology is available, including screen readers and enlargers for those who are blind or who have low vision or learning disabilities.

Main Library Department Phone Numbers

  • Check-Out Desk: (510) 238-3144
  • Children's Room: (510) 238-3615
  • Teen Zone: (510) 238-7332
  • Magazine & Newspapers: (510) 238-3176
  • Oakland History Room: (510) 238-3222
  • Reference Services: (510) 238-3138

Meeting Room

The Main Library's meeting room, West Auditorium, has a capacity of 121 people, and is equipped with collapsible tables and chairs and a podium.

Currently on Exhibit

The Oakland A’s: Celebrating 50 Years

Dave Stewart, Tony La Russa, and Carney Lansford

The Oakland History Room has mounted an exhibit to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Oakland Athletics franchise. Since their earliest days here, the A’s have endeared themselves to fans by offering up a unique brand of play, style, show business, and team management. The exhibit features books, photos, trading cards, souvenir booklets, news clippings, and lots of memorabilia.  



On Display From

Wed, 08/01/2018 - Sat, 11/17/2018

Upcoming Events

Thursday, November 15th, 2018
Event Name Time
Learn How to Find (and Keep) Housing 10:30am
Veterans Services 4:00pm
Beginner Coding and Electronics Class with Coder Noah 5:20pm
Lawyers in the Library 6:00pm
Meet Suzanne Adam, Author of "Notes From The Bottom Of The World, A Life in Chile" 6:00pm
Friday, November 16th, 2018
Event Name Time
Veterans Services 1:00pm
Saturday, November 17th, 2018
Event Name Time
Veterans Services 10:00am
Are You Ready to Become A US Citizen? 10:00am
SAT Workshops 10:00am
Toddler Storytime 10:30am