Current Exhibits

Where: Eastmont Branch[field_exhibit_locadditional_value]
When: Saturday, October 1, 2016 - Friday, March 31, 2017
image of girl on adults shoulders

Come view still life photographs of Oakland families loving each other. A wonderful representation of our community. All original artwork by photographer Sonjhai Meggette. For more information about the photographer and her art read her personal statement below. 

My name is Sonjhai Meggette and I reside in greater Bay Area-Oakland, CA. I am the visionary and photographer of and photography is a portal for me to change how we perceive beauty. Images are vitally important to our personal development and it may help us to accept who we are authentically. Due to the lack of positive representation of African American descendants, I am committed to raising public awareness of how authentically beautiful we are by reinforcing positive images with photography. "Black Love" explores family, community, and fashion in black and white.

Due to the popularity of this exhibit it has been extended to March 31, 2017. Thank you to Ms. Meggette from for her willingness to extend! 


Where: Main Library[field_exhibit_locadditional_value]
When: Monday, December 19, 2016 - Friday, March 31, 2017
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The Oakland History Room has mounted a new exhibit to commemorate its sixty-five years of service to the public. As the key source of historical information on Oakland and the East Bay, the History Room continues to evolve to meet the ever-expanding needs of its patrons. The exhibit will highlight the History Room's development and feature many of the valuable historic and cultural treasures in its collections.

Where: Main Library[field_exhibit_locadditional_value]
When: Sunday, March 5, 2017 - Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Photo of Ara Jo

Ara Jo was a bright light in the community who, among a multitude of other creative and charitable endeavors, led craft workshops for Oakland Public Library with the Rock Paper Scissors Collective.  

She tragically was one of the many who died in the Ghost Ship Fire in December.  This exhibit at the Main Library's TeenZone Art Wall on the Second Floor will showcase her work, her collaborations and her legacy.  

Where: Lakeview Branch[field_exhibit_locadditional_value]
When: Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - Friday, March 31, 2017
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From intimate living rooms to the most coveted VIP lounges, I have found myself shooting in every conceivable - albeit precarious - situation a typical concert-goer finds them in. Despite shooting amongst these envelopes of energy, shooting from the troughs of a pit (circular or otherwise) gives me a moment to slow down. After 15-years experiencing these spaces, you can say I’ve learned the dance of the room; the sounds in the air predicting the waves of action so to reflect the dynamic atmosphere. Moreover, I learned that the allure of the “rockstar” is really situated in the vitality of the audience in relation to a performance.

More than an encore of my favorite of moments, “Atmospheric Conditions” is a colorful dedication to the ebb and flow of the concert experience and the art of aural adventures. ~L. Herrada-Rios

Where: Rockridge Branch[field_exhibit_locadditional_value]
When: Saturday, March 18, 2017 - Wednesday, May 31, 2017
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Arles n'existe pas by Lawrence Ferlinghetti is currently on display at the Rockridge Branch now through the end of May. Although known for his writing and poetry, Ferlinghetti is a member of the Beat Generation and co-founder of City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco. The work depicts Vincent Van Gogh during his time at Arles, France.