Main Library

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Branch Address

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

Branch Hours

Monday: 
10:00am - 5:30pm
Tuesday: 
10:00am - 5:30pm
Wednesday: 
12:00pm - 8:00pm
Thursday: 
12:00pm - 8:00pm
Friday: 
12:00pm - 5:30pm
Saturday: 
10:00am - 5:30pm
Sunday: 
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 has a capacity of 121 people, and is equipped with collapsible tables and chairs and a podium.

Currently on Exhibit

The East Bay Home Front during World War II


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THIS EXHIBIT HAS BEEN EXTENDED! NOTE THE NEW DATE!

The Oakland History Room's current exhibit explores how the East Bay region mobilized for World War II, the mass migration that changed the area demographically, the industries that changed the area economically, and the social and political movements that sprung from the war years. The exhibit will feature historic documents, photographs, maps, posters, and other materials.

 

On Display From

Mon, 07/28/2014 - Wed, 11/26/2014

Currently on Exhibit

Memory Trace


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Memory Trace is an intergenerational public art project that took place at the San Antonio/Fruitvale Senior Center between the spring and summer of 2014.

In order to build a bridge between the generations the basis of the project was to have young people spend time at the Center and interview senior citizens. Working with students from ARISE High School and the Unity Council's Latino Men and Boys Group, Memory Trace compiled interviews that were transformed into a comic book.

The exhibition consists of the comic book, original drawings, paintings and stories gathered by the youth and seniors.

This event is supported by the Oakland City Council and funded by the City of Oakland's Cultural Funding Program.

 

 

 

On Display From

Sat, 11/15/2014 - Sat, 01/31/2015

Upcoming Events

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014
Event Name Time
Free Computer Help Available! 1:00pm
Monday, November 24th, 2014
Event Name Time
Preschool Storytime 10:30am
Tuesday, November 25th, 2014
Event Name Time
Baby Bounce 10:15am
Medicare Open Enrollment 2:00pm
Wednesday, November 26th, 2014
Event Name Time
Covered California Enrollment assistance 1:00pm
LEGO Mania Special Edition 3:00pm
eBooks, eMagazines, and eMusic 101 5:00pm
Lawyers in the Library 6:00pm
Free Computer Help Available! 6:00pm
Tutoring in the TeenZone 6:30pm