Branch Address125 14th St.
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
The Oakland History Room's new exhibit will trace the rich history of African Americans in Oakland, highlighting some of their political, cultural, social, and economic contributions that made the city unique. The exhibit will feature photographs, documents, biographies, news clippings and other ephemera.
On Display FromMon, 01/14/2019 - Sun, 03/31/2019
Currently on Exhibit
Leon Kennedy has created art for more than fifty years in various media, including found materials from the streets of Oakland. He has been an artist in residence at the East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum owns one of his pieces. This solo show will feature his smaller canvases and other realia. Learn more about Leon Kennedy’s work.
Extended through February! Look for different artwork from Leon Kennedy, in the first week of Februrary.
On Display FromMon, 01/07/2019 - Thu, 02/28/2019
|Are You Ready to Become A US Citizen?||10:00am|
|The Beat Within - Writing Workshop for Teens||2:00pm|
|Healthy Teeth, Healthy Communities||12:00pm|
|Help with substance abuse, mental illness and more||2:00pm|
|Fortnite at the TeenZone||3:00pm|
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