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 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

Oakland Fire@150

Oakland firemen 1909

Over the course of its history, Oakland has weathered many dramatic fires that have altered lives and landscape. To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Oakland Fire Department the Oakland History Room has mounted a new exhibit featuring historic photographs, documents, written histories, news clippings, and reports.

On Display From

Wed, 07/24/2019 - Mon, 09/30/2019

Currently on Exhibit

Community Works West Exhibition

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Community Works West is a restorative justice community organization that works to keep people out of prison, advocate for a more humane justice system, and support healthy communities for all of us. Learn about the group's Restorative Justice and the Community Works programs, and view artwork done by participants including masks, accordion books, mosaics, photo stories and other artwork.  

On Display From

Thu, 08/01/2019 - Sat, 08/31/2019

Upcoming Events

Monday, August 19th, 2019
Event Name Time
Toddler Storytime 10:30am
Crisis Support 11:00am
Learn How to Find (and Keep) Housing 2:00pm
Tuesday, August 20th, 2019
Event Name Time
Baby Bounce 10:15am
Get Help from the Homeless Action Center 10:30am
Job Help with the EDD 2:00pm
Sign Up for a Green House Call 4:00pm
Podcasting 101 and the Monthly Meeting of the California Podcast Association 5:00pm
Wednesday, August 21st, 2019
Event Name Time
Ford GoBike's Bike Share for All 12:00pm
Bike Library at First Friday! 1:00pm