Main Library

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Branch Address

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

Branch Hours

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

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

Collaborative Murals by Oakland Youth - Ages 2 to 15

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Local artist Danielle O'Malley, collaborates with kids, ages 2 to 15, to create this educational community mural project. She paints a tiny piece along the top, while sectioning off the rest of the paper into 5 x 5 inch squares. Each kid gets to paint a square, with whatever they'd like, until the whole page is filled. Collaborative art making builds creativity and community, teaching kids how to work together, to create together. The paintings on display were created in collaboration with the Chabot Science Center and the Bay Area's Maker Faire.

Danielle O'Malley is a traveling muralist and interdisciplinary artist, based out of Oakland. Inspired by folklore, '90s cartoons, femininity, and the occult, her work weaves sugarcoated cutesy kitsch with the odd and macabre to create a world that is equally inviting and perturbed. Since graduating from the California College of Arts in 2010, she’s painted murals and participated in exhibitions internationally. She utilizes printmaking, painting, collage and found objects to create shadowboxes, life-size playhouses, 'zines, and street art. 

This exhibit features three of the collaborative murals, as well as select works by O'Malley. 


On Display From

Mon, 07/01/2019 - Wed, 07/31/2019

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019
Event Name Time
Baby Bounce 10:15am
Get Help from the Homeless Action Center 10:30am
Job Help with the EDD 2:00pm
Wednesday, July 24th, 2019
Event Name Time
Ford GoBike's Bike Share for All 12:00pm
Mental Health and Recovery with PEERS 4:30pm
Ebook help 5:00pm
Slime Time! 6:00pm
Thursday, July 25th, 2019
Event Name Time
Community Produce Stand with Mandela Marketplace 11:00am
Harm Reduction, HIV Prevention and Education 2:00pm
Decorate Cookies for Harry Potter's Birthday! 3:00pm