Main Library

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Branch Address

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

Branch Hours

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

Emeryville: City of Industry, 1880-2000

Image of Judson Mills, Emeryville

Emeryville emerged in the late 19th century as a major center of industry because of its strategic location, low tax rates, and access to transportation.  The Oakland History Room is hosting the Emeryville Historical Society's new exhibit which documents with rare photographs Emeryville's manufacturing development and decline.



On Display From

Sun, 04/01/2018 - Sat, 06/30/2018

Upcoming Events

Thursday, April 26th, 2018
Event Name Time
Veterans Services 4:00pm
Lawyers in the Library 6:00pm
Friday, April 27th, 2018
Event Name Time
Videogames in the TeenZone 2:00pm
Saturday, April 28th, 2018
Event Name Time
Veterans Services 10:00am
Are You Ready to Become A U.S. Citizen? 10:00am
Narcan Training with the Lightening Bolt Network 10:00am
Toddler Storytime 10:30am
Social Workers in the Library 11:00am
The Beat Within - Writing Workshop for Teens 2:00pm
Henna Workshop for Adults 2:00pm