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

The Great Annexation of 1909

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At the turn of the 20th century Oakland was the booming commercial and industrial hub of the East Bay. This was achieved largely by annexing neighboring communities. The new exhibit, mounted by the Oakland History Center staff, delves into the dramatic story of the fifth and final annexation campaign that consolidated all of the Oakland hills and most of East Oakland into the city limits.

On Display From

Fri, 12/27/2019 - Mon, 03/30/2020

Currently on Exhibit

Oakland Artist Leon Kennedy - New Works

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Leon Kennedy has created art for more than fifty years in various media, including found materials from the streets of Oakland. He has been an artist in residence at the East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum owns one of his pieces. This solo show will feature his portraits and other realia. Learn more about Leon Kennedy’s work.

On Display From

Fri, 01/03/2020 - Sat, 02/29/2020

Upcoming Events

Monday, February 24th, 2020
Event Name Time
Free Tax Assistance at the Main Library 10:00am
Toddler Storytime! 10:30am
Job Help with the EDD 2:00pm
Learn How to Find (and Keep) Housing 2:00pm
Tuesday, February 25th, 2020
Event Name Time
Baby Bounce 10:15am
Get Help from the Homeless Action Center 10:30am
ESL Conversation Club 2:00pm
Wednesday, February 26th, 2020
Event Name Time
Free Tax Assistance at the Main Library 10:00am
Help with substance abuse, mental illness and more 10:30am
Art with Alejandra and Friends! 2:30pm