Branch Address125 14th Street
Oakland, CA 94612
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 RoomThe 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 Emeryville Historical Society has mounted an exhibit relating the story of the Golden Gate district. Sandwiched in between West Oakland, Emeryville and West Berkeley, the neighborhood has seen many changes over the years. The exhibit will showcase the district's development from its early days as Klinknerville, to the thriving business district of the 1950s, and the rapid changes of the 1990s. The exhibit is located on the second floor of the Oakland Main Library.
On Display FromSun, 04/03/2016 - Sun, 07/31/2016
Currently on Exhibit
With hands outstretched to the future, Queer Youth Productions’ traveling exhibit, Muck and Sparkle: the Magic and Pain of Survival, brings forth the art of expanding hearts and paradox of possibility in a candid array of artwork from LGBTQIA2S young people. The show brings with it the specter of struggle youth maneuver in order to (re)claim space to carve out the complexities of their identities. Alongside powerful depictions of self determination, this exhibit transcends the two dimensional and offers a unique glimpse into the the less-often-heard-seen-thought-touched-interiority of vulnerability that comes with uncovering (un)truths of gender and sexuality. By centering voices of queer youth, we are able to reflect upon work that has been done in queer communities and build intergenerational conversations for envisioning supportive and liberating futures. Within these pieces is a resilient force of magic that speaks to a collective and time-defying queer tongue.
On Display FromFri, 07/01/2016 - Wed, 08/31/2016
|Free Concert: Flute / Harp Duo Chaski||3:00pm|
|Oakland Symphony Petting Zoo||10:30am|
|Library Advisory Commission Meeting||5:15pm|
|Free Yoga Class with Niroga's Zaba Angel||3:00pm|
|Lawyers in the Library||6:00pm|
|Author and Biologist Nathan H. Lents - Not So Different - Finding Human Nature in Animals||6:00pm|
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