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

Oakland's Golden Gate District: evolution of a neighborhood

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The Emeryville Historical Society has mounted an exhibit relating the story of the Golden Gate district. Sandwiched in between West Oakland, Emeryville and West Berkeley, the neighborhood has seen many changes over the years. The exhibit will showcase the district's development from its early days as Klinknerville, to the thriving business district of the 1950s, and the rapid changes of the 1990s. The exhibit is located on the second floor of the Oakland Main Library.

On Display From

Sun, 04/03/2016 - Sun, 07/31/2016

Currently on Exhibit

Queer Youth Art Exhibit at the TeenZone Art Wall

With hands outstretched to the future, Queer Youth Productions’ traveling exhibit, Muck and Sparkle: the Magic and Pain of Survival, brings forth the art of expanding hearts and paradox of possibility in a candid array of artwork from LGBTQIA2S young people. The show brings with it the specter of struggle youth maneuver in order to (re)claim space to carve out the complexities of their identities. Alongside powerful depictions of self determination, this exhibit transcends the two dimensional and offers a unique glimpse into the the less-often-heard-seen-thought-touched-interiority of vulnerability that comes with uncovering (un)truths of gender and sexuality. By centering voices of queer youth, we are able to reflect upon work that has been done in queer communities and build intergenerational conversations for envisioning supportive and liberating futures. Within these pieces is a resilient force of magic that speaks to a collective and time-defying queer tongue.

On Display From

Fri, 07/01/2016 - Wed, 08/31/2016

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016
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Lawyers in the Library 6:00pm
Thursday, August 18th, 2016
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ESL Conversation Club 2:00pm
Lawyers in the Library 6:00pm
Saturday, August 20th, 2016
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Toddler Storytime 10:30am
Youth Leadership Council 11:00am
Resume Help 1:00pm
Urban Cycling 101 Class with Bike East Bay 1:00pm
Monday, August 22nd, 2016
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Preschool Storytime 10:30am
Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016
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Baby Bounce 10:15am
Free Yoga Class with Niroga's Zaba Angel 3:00pm