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 Center, 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.

Would your group like a tour of the library?  Contact us at to make an appointment.

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

Heroes of Unity Exhibition

Art by Heroes of Unity

Sculpture and screen printing developed by Heroes of Unity, an Oakland youth-led screen printing project honoring the stories of local heroes. 

What: Heroes of Unity, a program of Collective Action Studio, empowers the public to tell the story of an evolving city through participatory printmaking and public programming. We establish pop-up, participatory and public-art workstations to investigate and visually record the history of and contemporary face of our diverse city. We question the way that the race-line in America has shifted over the years, focusing both on the stories and faces of immigrants new and old as well as on the stories of citizens who experience race and immigration in meaningful ways. The program focuses on creating an “open-source” portrait of the diverse community of Oakland. The project is a collaboration with The Unity Council and the Oakland Public Library, made possible with support from the Kenneth Rainin Foundation. 

How: Heroes of Unity uses a fleet of custom designed mobile print-making units built on industrial cargo bicycles. These units venture out into the community to collect and share stories and images from community members. The project occurs through participatory art making activities and temporary installations and the bikes are operated by professional artists and young artists ages 13-18. The mobile printmaking bikes go to special events held at the multiple branches of the Oakland Public Library, at The Unity Council’s Dia de los Muertos festival, the Oakland Art Murmur, and at other pop-up locations.

Who: Julian Allen, Aisling Baus, Daria Belle, Makeda Booker, Sidney Brooder, Claudio Lopez Campechano, Fusako Chapman, Sergio De La Torre, Natalie (Mooka) Dharmapalan Lauren Granados Gonzalo Hildago Justin Hoover Lisa Koyama Max Jessica Wong Lynn Yaguchi

You're invited to participate. Tell us who matters to you? Post a picture about a hero in your life. Share their story @CollectiveActionStudio  #HeroesOfUnity. All stories shared with the project will be available for the public to view and read on the project website/social media (IG/FB) and in print at the OPL Main Branch library during the exhibition period. 

On Display From

Sun, 03/01/2020 - Wed, 04/01/2020

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, April 1st, 2020
Event Name Time
CANCELLED Magical Census Show with Magical Nathaniel 6:00pm
Thursday, April 2nd, 2020
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Crisis Support 1:00pm
Friday, April 3rd, 2020
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CANCELLED Heroes of Unity Reception 5:00pm
Saturday, April 4th, 2020
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CANCELED - Are You Ready to Become a United States Citizen? 10:15am
Sunday, April 5th, 2020
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CANCELLED Veterans Services 1:00pm
Monday, April 6th, 2020
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CANCELLED: Alphabet Rockers Will Rock Your Día! 6:30pm
Thursday, April 9th, 2020
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LEGO Mania! 3:00pm
Friday, April 10th, 2020
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CANCELED - Holy Names Career Center 12:30pm
Affordable Home Renovations with Habitat for Humanity 2:15pm
Saturday, April 11th, 2020
Event Name Time
CANCELED - Are You Ready to Become a United States Citizen? 10:15am