Current Exhibits

Where: Main Library
When: Monday, April 6, 2015 - Friday, July 31, 2015

The Emeryville Historical Society will mount an exhibit in the Oakland History Room to commemorate the sixtieth anniversary of the Oakland Oaks baseball team's departure to Vancouver, British Columbia. The exhibit will feature photographs and memorabilia of the popular team.

Where: Asian Branch
When: Saturday, March 21, 2015 - Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Image of exhibit

In 2014/2015, the Oakland Chinatown Oral History Project documented the living history of the Asian Branch Library through interivews of long-time branch advocates, librarians, and patrons spanning five decades.  The Asian Branch Library in Oakland Chinatown is one of the busiest branch in the city's library system.  It is unique in library branches throughout the United States as it houses collections in 8 different Asian languages including Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Khmer, Lao, Tagalog, and Thai.  This collection speaks to the diverse Asian immigrant population growing in Oakland during the last several decades.  The creation of the branch resulted from tremendous community advocacy starting as a bookmobile in the 1970s and later housed in several temporary neighborhoood locations until it made its home in the Pacific Renaissance Plaza in 1996.

More than a library, the Asian Branch can be thought of as the "living room" of Chinatown, a local gathering space where hundreds of seniors, youth, and families congregate each day to read their ethnic newspaper, participate in storytime and culturally relevant library programs, do homework together, learn about job opportunities/traning, use the computer/internet, and build community.  Through these captured stories, we hope to present not only the library's traditional function, but as a space of vital cultural and social exchange that is critical to a diverse immigrant community.

The exhibit is located at both the Oakland Asian Cultural Center and the Asian Branch Library through June 2015,  For more information, please contact Project Directors Roy or Lora Chan at

Please visit our exhibit website at :


When: Friday, May 1, 2015 - Sunday, May 31, 2015
Image of artwork from exhibit

Islamic Art Exhibit presents a group art exhibition on the theme “Arabic: Language of the Quran.”

Islamic Art Exhibit (IAE) is a local non-profit arts organization established in 2009 to promote Islamic Arts and provide a platform for the creative individuals of the Muslim Community living in the Bay Area.  IAE’s 2015 theme Arabic: Language of the Quran highlights the importance of Arabic not only as the sacred language of the revealed Quran but also as an independent art form adopted by calligraphers and artists around the world. 

Islamic Art Exhibit seeks to build bridges between diverse communities through the visual arts.  Every year the group selects a different theme and solicits original artwork from local artists to be displayed in libraries and cultural institutions throughout the Bay Area.  Each exhibition provides a unique opportunity to explore the scope of “Islamic Art” and celebrate the rich tapestry of countries, cultures and artistic traditions of the Muslim diaspora. For more information about Islamic Art Exhibit please visit their website