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

Jack London Revealed

Jack London aboard Snark

The Oakland History Room has mounted an exhibit celebrating the life and career of author Jack London (1876-1916). Raised in Oakland, London went on to become an intrepid adventurer,  journalist, celebrated novelist, and political activist. During his lifetime he was one of the country's most popular authors. This year marks the centennial of his death at age 40. The exhibit will feature personal letters, biographies, photographs, first editions of his fiction, commemoratives and other ephemera illustrating his literary legacy.

On Display From

Wed, 01/06/2016 - Thu, 03/31/2016

Currently on Exhibit

War Comes Home: The Legacy

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For veterans, returning home from war can be both an exhilarating and challenging experience. Through private correspondence from almost every major conflict in U.S. history, War Comes Home: The Legacy offers insight into the thoughts and emotions of veterans and their families upon their homecoming. These intimate perspectives – from the Civil War era through the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq – reveal how war can shape a life, a family, and a community. This exhibition is a partnership with Cal Humanities and is a part of its War Comes Home initiative, which aims to raise awareness of and promote greater understanding of our veterans and explore the impact of war on our communities. Oakland Public Library will host this exhibit at Main from December 20, 2015 through February 14, 2016; click here for other exhibit sites

On Display From

Sun, 12/20/2015 - Sun, 02/14/2016

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016
Event Name Time
Free Tax Help at the Main Library 12:00pm
Free Meals in the TeenZone 1:30pm
Free Snacks for Kids! 1:30pm
Afterschool Art with MOCHA 2:00pm
Ebook help 5:00pm
Lawyers in the Library 6:00pm
African American Oakland 6:00pm
Thursday, February 11th, 2016
Event Name Time
ESL Conversation Club 2:00pm
LEGO Mania 3:00pm
Free Meals in the Teenzone 4:00pm