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

2020 Conference Poster Design Applicants

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A new art show on the TeenZone Art Wall featuring youth art submissions for the poster for the 3rd Annual 2020 Conference, a week-long empowerment and capacity-building experience for high school students held in Oakland.  

On Display From

Wed, 08/28/2019 - Fri, 11/29/2019

Currently on Exhibit

Oakland Fire@150

Oakland firemen 1909

Over the course of its history, Oakland has weathered many dramatic fires that have altered lives and landscape. To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Oakland Fire Department the Oakland History Room has mounted a new exhibit featuring historic photographs, documents, written histories, news clippings, and reports.

On Display From

Wed, 07/24/2019 - Mon, 09/30/2019

Currently on Exhibit

Images of America: Oakland's Chinatown by William Wong

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View selected photos and text illustrating the history of Oakland Chinatown through the experiences of the communities inhabiting it. Photos and text are sourced from the publication “Images of America: Oakland’s Chinatown” by William Wong. This exhibit is made possible through a partnership with the Oakland Asian Cultural Center


On Display From

Tue, 09/03/2019 - Mon, 09/30/2019

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, September 18th, 2019
Event Name Time
Ebook help 5:00pm
Family STEAM Night - Explore 3D Technology with 3D pens 6:00pm
Thursday, September 19th, 2019
Event Name Time
Community Produce Stand with Mandela Marketplace 11:00am
Veterans Services 4:00pm
Zine Club with SF Zinefest 6:00pm
Author Talk: Cara Meredith 6:00pm
Friday, September 20th, 2019
Event Name Time
Alameda Alliance for Health 2:30pm
Saturday, September 21st, 2019
Event Name Time
Veterans Services 10:00am
Are You Ready to Become a United States Citizen? 10:15am
Toddler Storytime 10:30am