Main Library

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Branch Address

125 14th Street
Oakland, CA  94612
(510) 238-3134

Branch Hours

Monday: 
10:00am - 5:30pm
Tuesday: 
10:00am - 5:30pm
Wednesday: 
12:00pm - 8:00pm
Thursday: 
12:00pm - 8:00pm
Friday: 
12:00pm - 5:30pm
Saturday: 
10:00am - 5:30pm
Sunday: 
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 has a capacity of 121 people, and is equipped with collapsible tables and chairs and a podium.

Currently on Exhibit

The East Bay Home Front during World War II


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The Oakland History Room has mounted a new exhibit that will explore how the East Bay region mobilized for World War II, the mass migration that changed the area demographically, the industries that changed the area economically, and the social and political movements that sprung from the war years. The exhibit will feature historic documents, photographs, maps, posters, and other materials.

On Display From

Mon, 07/28/2014 - Fri, 10/31/2014

Currently on Exhibit

The Welcome Home Project: Photo Exhibit


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The Welcome Home Project is a collection of stories and photographs of 20 formerly incarcerated Alameda County residents who were able to turn their lives around after 10 to 20 years in prisons and jails. The project hopes to provide positive role models to people being released from prison, and to challenge the notion that people involved in crime cannot or will not change. Their stories are testimony to the power of resilience and determination in the face of the stigma and barriers that most of the formerly incarcerated face.

The Main Library is hosting a satellite display of four select photographs, and the subjects’ stories, in the lobby hallway on the first floor.

We hope that you’ll be inspired to attend the full photography show starting on October 16th at Oakland City Hall in the third floor atrium.  Please contact Mana Tominaga, (510)238-6611 if you have any questions about this display. 

(The Welcome Home Project is a program of Community Works West, an Oakland based nonprofit that engages youth and adults in arts, education, and restorative justice programs to interrupt the impact of incarceration.)

 

On Display From

Mon, 09/22/2014 - Wed, 10/22/2014

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014
Event Name Time
Lawyers in the Library 6:00pm
Tutoring in the TeenZone 6:30pm
Thursday, October 9th, 2014
Event Name Time
LEGO Mania 3:00pm
Lawyers in the Library 6:00pm
Tutoring in the TeenZone 6:30pm
Friday, October 10th, 2014
Event Name Time
Tell Your Homecoming Story: For African American Veterans - an Unsung Heroes Presentation and Recording Session 3:00pm
Saturday, October 11th, 2014
Event Name Time
Toddler Storytime 10:30am
Meet Award-Winning Oakland Author Nayomi Munaweera 1:00pm
Chronicles of a Catholic Housewife: Forty Years Toward the Promised Land - meet the author 3:30pm
Sunday, October 12th, 2014
Event Name Time
Investigating Mystery 2:00pm