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

Oakland Tech Centennial

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The Oakland History Room has mounted an exhibit celebrating the 100th anniversary of Oakland Technical High School. Designed by John J. Donovan and Henry Hornbostel, Tech is on the City of Oakland's Register of Historic Landmarks. On display will be documents, class portraits, photographs, yearbooks and other ephemera representing the building and history of the school.  The exhibit will run through August 3-December 4. The Oakland History Room is on the second floor of the Main Library.

On Display From

Mon, 08/03/2015 - Fri, 12/04/2015

Upcoming Events

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015
Event Name Time
ESL Conversation Club 2:00pm
Free Meals in the Teenzone 4:00pm
Lawyers in the Library 6:00pm
Friday, December 4th, 2015
Event Name Time
Free Meals in the TeenZone 1:30pm
Free Snacks for Kids! 1:30pm
Saturday, December 5th, 2015
Event Name Time
Toddler Storytime 10:30am
Monday, December 7th, 2015
Event Name Time
Preschool Storytime 10:30am
Free Meals in the Teenzone 4:00pm
Tuesday, December 8th, 2015
Event Name Time
Baby Bounce 10:15am
Free Meals in the Teenzone 4:00pm