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

Get Ready, Oakland!

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Get Ready, Oakland! is a five-case display in Oakland's Main Library inviting you to prepare for natural disasters and other emergencies.  Disaster strategies and gadgets will be featured, along with Oakland's own unique history of local hazards, like the Hayward Fault.  Complete with tips to prepare your home, business and family for the unexpected, this display could even save your life!  At the Main's Lobby Display Cases throughout October.


On Display From

Tue, 10/01/2019 - Thu, 10/31/2019

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 - Thu, 10/31/2019

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019
Event Name Time
Ford GoBike's Bike Share for All 12:00pm
Art with Alejandra and Friends! 2:30pm
Mental Health and Recovery with PEERS 4:30pm
Ebook help 5:00pm
Cannabis and Aging 6:30pm
Thursday, October 24th, 2019
Event Name Time
Community Produce Stand with Mandela Marketplace 11:00am
Veterans Services 4:00pm
Friday, October 25th, 2019
Event Name Time
TeenZone Annual Halloween Party and Haunted House 2:00pm
Saturday, October 26th, 2019
Event Name Time
Veterans Services 10:00am
Are You Ready to Become a United States Citizen? 10:15am