Branch Address125 14th Street
Oakland, CA 94612
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 RoomThe 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 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 FromSun, 04/01/2018 - Sat, 06/30/2018
|Lawyers in the Library||6:00pm|
|Videogames in the TeenZone||2:00pm|
|Are You Ready to Become A U.S. Citizen?||10:00am|
|Narcan Training with the Lightening Bolt Network||10:00am|
|Social Workers in the Library||11:00am|
|The Beat Within - Writing Workshop for Teens||2:00pm|
|Henna Workshop for Adults||2:00pm|