Main Library

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Branch Address

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

Branch Hours

Monday: 
10:00am - 5:30pm
Tuesday: 
10:00am - 5:30pm
Wednesday: 
12:00pm - 8:00pm
Thursday: 
12:00pm - 8:00pm
Friday: 
12:00pm - 5:30pm
Saturday: 
10:00am - 5:30pm
Sunday: 
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

Working in America

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Working in America by Project&  is inspired by, celebrates, and brings forward the tradition and humanity of Studs Terkel from his influential book Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do (1974). 

The centerpiece of the Working in America initiative is a nationally traveling photography exhibition focused on the stories of veterans, a tech worker, farmer, entrepreneur, domestic worker, athlete, artist, educator, police officer and more. The images were t taken by Project& Fellow and Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Lynsey Addario.

The exhibit, designed in collaboration with award-winning architect Jeanne Gang and Studio Gang, profiles 24 people from 17 states ranging in ages from 21 to 87. The exhibit has been experienced by more than 175,000 people from around the world. 

To further engage Studs’ living legacy as part of the initiative, Project& and Radio Diaries have co-produced a series, "Working Then and Now," including never before heard field recordings Terkel conducted for the book as well as new interviews, airing on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered and Morning Edition. The now 12-part series has been downloaded 500,000+ times and heard by 13.6+ million people.

Everyone has the opportunity to contribute their own stories of the everyday challenges, triumphs, and realities of working in America by submitting to the online community, "Your Working Story" at working.org

Lead Creative Team: Curated and conceived by Project& President and Artistic Director Jane M. Saks, photographs taken by Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer, Lynsey Addario, exhibit design collaboration by MacArthur Fellow and architect, Jeanne Gang + Studio Gang. 

  

On Display From

Sat, 11/04/2017 - Sun, 02/18/2018

Currently on Exhibit

American History Exhibit from College Preparatory School

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How did the United States change from 1877-1924? Answering this broad question about turn-of-the-century America was the guiding task for 11th grade students at the College Preparatory School in Oakland, CA. Chosen from over thirty student projects, the exhibits presented here were selected for their creativity, engagement, and scholarship. Student explored the themes of immigration, labor & capital, social reform, women's suffrage, African-American Civil Rights, and the city in American life. In doing so, these exhibits all make the argument that the events of the turn-of-the-century transformed the United States into a modern nation and redefined what it meant to be an American. 

The College Preparatory School is a small independent school in Oakland, California. The project was done as part of the U.S. and the World class, which explores the United States and its connection to the world in the 19th and 20th century. 

On Display From

Wed, 11/29/2017 - Wed, 01/31/2018

Upcoming Events

Sunday, December 17th, 2017
Event Name Time
Veterans Services 1:00pm
Help for Renters 3:00pm
Monday, December 18th, 2017
Event Name Time
Preschool Storytime 10:30am
Get Extra Money for Groceries Each Month 11:00am
Tuesday, December 19th, 2017
Event Name Time
Free Flu Shots and Hepatitis A Vaccination for High Risk People 10:00am
Baby Bounce 10:15am
Job Help with the EDD 2:00pm
Scientific Adventures for Girls and Boys 3:30pm
Wednesday, December 20th, 2017
Event Name Time
Help with substance abuse, mental illness and more 12:00pm
Videogames in the TeenZone 2:10pm