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, 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

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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.  

The exhibit will run from August 1-November 3, 2018.

 

On Display From

Wed, 08/01/2018 - Sat, 11/03/2018

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, October 16th, 2018
Event Name Time
Baby Bounce 10:15am
Get Help from the Homeless Action Center 10:30am
Job Help with the EDD 2:00pm
ESL Conversation Club 2:00pm
Wednesday, October 17th, 2018
Event Name Time
Veterans Services 12:00pm
Videogames in the TeenZone 2:00pm
Afterschool Art with MOCHA 2:00pm
TurnUP the Volume 4:30pm
Ebook help 5:00pm
Lawyers in the Library 6:00pm