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 has a capacity of 121 people, and is equipped with collapsible tables and chairs and a podium.

Currently on Exhibit

The East Bay Home Front during World War II

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The Oakland History Room's current exhibit explores how the East Bay region mobilized for World War II, the mass migration that changed the area demographically, the industries that changed the area economically, and the social and political movements that sprung from the war years. The exhibit will feature historic documents, photographs, maps, posters, and other materials.


On Display From

Mon, 07/28/2014 - Wed, 11/26/2014

Upcoming Events

Saturday, November 15th, 2014
Event Name Time
California Reads at Oakland Public Library: "War Comes Home to Oakland" Community Discussion 11:00am
Covered California Enrollment 1:00pm
Winter Biking Workshop 2:00pm
Sunday, November 16th, 2014
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Free Computer Help Available! 1:00pm
Monday, November 17th, 2014
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Preschool Storytime 10:30am
Tuesday, November 18th, 2014
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Baby Bounce 10:15am
Medicare Open Enrollment 2:00pm
Wednesday, November 19th, 2014
Event Name Time
Covered California Enrollment assistance 1:00pm
Afterschool Art with MOCHA 2:00pm
Grantseeking Basics: an Introduction to the Foundation Center databases 2:00pm