Main Library

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Branch Address

125 14th Street
Oakland, CA  94612
(510) 238-3134

Branch Hours

10:00am - 5:30pm
10:00am - 5:30pm
12:00pm - 8:00pm
12:00pm - 8:00pm
12:00pm - 5:30pm
10:00am - 5:30pm
1:00pm - 5:00pm

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 Room, 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.

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

Lift Every Voice Art Exhibit on the TeenZone Art Wall

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Lift Every Voice is a weekly youth led art advocacy workshop series connecting young people in discussion and creation around youth incarceration. Come check out LEV's exhibit of youth art exploring the intricacies of the juvenile justice system and ways in which art can be used as an activist tool for prison abolition!

On the TeenZone Art Wall on the second floor.


On Display From

Sat, 05/05/2018 - Sat, 08/25/2018

Currently on Exhibit

The Oakland A’s: Celebrating 50 Years

Dave Stewart, Tony La Russa, and Carney Lansford

The Oakland History Room has mounted an exhibit to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Oakland Athletics franchise. Since their earliest days here, the A’s have endeared themselves to fans by offering up a unique brand of play, style, show business, and team management. The exhibit features books, photos, trading cards, souvenir booklets, news clippings, and lots of memorabilia.  

The exhibit will run from August 1-November 3, 2018.


On Display From

Wed, 08/01/2018 - Sat, 11/03/2018

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, August 21st, 2018
Event Name Time
Baby Bounce 10:15am
Get Help from the Homeless Action Center 10:30am
Job Help with the EDD 2:00pm
ESL Conversation Club 2:00pm
Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018
Event Name Time
Veterans Services 12:00pm
Videogames in the TeenZone 2:00pm
Ebook help 5:00pm
Beginner Coding and Electronics Class with Coder Noah 5:45pm
Lawyers in the Library 6:00pm
Thursday, August 23rd, 2018
Event Name Time
Learn How to Find (and Keep) Housing 10:30am