Branch Address125 14th Street
Oakland, CA 94612
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 RoomThe 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 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 FromSat, 05/05/2018 - Sat, 08/25/2018
Currently on Exhibit
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 FromWed, 08/01/2018 - Sat, 11/03/2018
|Get Help from the Homeless Action Center||10:30am|
|Job Help with the EDD||2:00pm|
|ESL Conversation Club||2:00pm|
|Videogames in the TeenZone||2:00pm|
|Beginner Coding and Electronics Class with Coder Noah||5:45pm|
|Lawyers in the Library||6:00pm|
|Learn How to Find (and Keep) Housing||10:30am|
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