César E. Chávez Branch

The César E. Chávez Branch Branch Library is available for Sidewalk Pickup starting June 19 for the following hours. Click here for more information. 

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: 10 AM - 3 PM

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Branch Address

3301 East 12th St., Ste. 271
Oakland, CA  94601
(510) 535-5620

Branch Hours

10:00am - 3:00pm
10:00am - 3:00pm
10:00am - 3:00pm
10:00am - 3:00pm

About the César E. Chávez Branch

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Click here to learn more about the history of Chávez Branch.

Chavez Branch has approximately 56,000 books, CDs, videos, DVDs, audio books, audiocassettes, and magazines and newspapers for all ages.

Our Spanish language collection is the largest of the system, with 18,500 circulating Spanish items. Also of popular interest is our Chicano reference and circulating collection. Chavez also has small Chinese Adult, and Arabic Children's and Adult collections.

The branch is equipped with sixteen (16) computers with Internet access for public use, and two (2) additional internet-only express stations.

Chavez Branch also has a Seed Lending Library. The Cesar Chavez Seed Library is a free urban seed project committed to increasing the capacity of our community to feed itself wholesome food by means of education that fosters community resilience, self-reliance and a culture of sharing. Anyone is welcome to come in and check-out seeds. No library card is needed, just sign-out for them. We then ask that you let some go to seed after planting them and return some of these next generation seeds for others to borrow. The best part is that there are no fines if you are unable to return the seeds!

Meeting Room

The meeting room has a capacity of 50 people. Tables, chairs, and a pull-down screen are available.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, September 24th, 2020
Event Name Time
Free Meal Pick-up / Repartición Gratuita de Comidas Preparadas 12:00pm
Saturday, September 26th, 2020
Event Name Time
Papel Picado 12:00pm
Tuesday, September 29th, 2020
Event Name Time
Free Meal Pick-up / Repartición Gratuita de Comidas Preparadas 12:00pm
Saturday, November 21st, 2020
Event Name Time
CANCELLED Urban Cycling 101 1:00pm