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

Book Art with Children's Fairyland

ABC Oakland Cover

Discover the art of illustrator Michael Wertz in this exhibition featuring many of his iconic images of Oakland including art from his picture book ABC Oakland. The exhibit will spotlight his recent process of creating a new Oakland Public Library card in partnership with Children’s Fairyland.

Also on display will be images highlighting many beloved Oakland locations from Oakland author Kamaria Lofton’s three picture books in the Kids Love Oakland! series.

Both Michael and Kamaria will be appearing at this year’s children’s book festival, Turn the Page!, at Children’s Fairyland on May 18th from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.

Join us here at the Main library on Sunday, May 5th for a special storytime and artist's reception, starting at 3 PM


Brought to you in partnership with our friends at Children's Fairyland. Children's Fairyland has been an Oakland favorite since 1950. The whimsical 10-acre park is a magical fantasy world where young children can create, imagine, play, and learn all day long, located on the shores of Lake Merritt in Oakland, California.

On Display From

Wed, 05/01/2019 - Sun, 06/30/2019

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, June 26th, 2019
Event Name Time
Folkland Book Club featuring books from Small Press Distribution 6:00pm
Thursday, June 27th, 2019
Event Name Time
Community Produce Stand with Mandela Marketplace 10:30am
Harm Reduction, HIV Prevention and Education 2:00pm
Fortnite at the TeenZone 3:00pm
Veterans Services 4:00pm
Friday, June 28th, 2019
Event Name Time
Fortnite at the TeenZone 1:00pm
Videogames in the TeenZone 2:00pm
Teen Terrarium Making Workshop 2:30pm
Saturday, June 29th, 2019
Event Name Time
Veterans Services 10:00am
Little Explorers Petting Zoo 10:30am