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

Harvesting History: Celebrating 65 Years of the Oakland History Room

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The Oakland History Room has mounted a new exhibit to commemorate its sixty-five years of service to the public. As the key source of historical information on Oakland and the East Bay, the History Room continues to evolve to meet the ever-expanding needs of its patrons. The exhibit will highlight the History Room's development and feature many of the valuable historic and cultural treasures in its collections.

On Display From

Mon, 12/19/2016 - Fri, 03/31/2017

Upcoming Events

Sunday, February 26th, 2017
Event Name Time
Meet Authors Vanessa Hua, Shanthi Sekaran and Ali Eteraz 1:00pm
Monday, February 27th, 2017
Event Name Time
Free Tax Help at the Main Library 10:00am
Preschool Storytime 10:30am
Free Meals in the TeenZone 4:00pm
Library Advisory Commission Meeting 5:15pm
Tuesday, February 28th, 2017
Event Name Time
Baby Bounce 10:15am
Free Meals in the TeenZone 4:00pm
Wednesday, March 1st, 2017
Event Name Time
Free Tax Help at the Main Library 12:00pm
Free Snacks in the Children's Room 1:30pm
Free Snacks in the TeenZone 1:30pm