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.

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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.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, December 18th, 2019
Event Name Time
Ebook help 5:00pm
Thursday, December 19th, 2019
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Community Produce Stand with Mandela Marketplace 11:00am
Hatha Yoga for All Levels - Weekly! 6:00pm
Zine Club with SF Zinefest 6:00pm
Friday, December 20th, 2019
Event Name Time
Get hired by the Census! 10:00am
Alameda Alliance for Health 1:30pm
Saturday, December 21st, 2019
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Veterans Services 10:00am
Are You Ready to Become a United States Citizen? 10:15am
Toddler Storytime 10:30am
Youth Leadership Council 11:00am