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 School for the Arts School of Digital Media Exhibit


In partnership with the East Bay Chapter of the United Nations Association, the School of Digital Media at Oakland School for the Arts presents a series of posters illustrating each article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This series is the result of the Human Rights Poster Project, an annual curriculum unit in the School of Digital Media that encourages deep inquiry, visual thinking, and helps students acquire technical proficiency with Adobe Design Suite. They explore graphic design by examining the UDHR and creating visual communication in the form of posters that illustrate each article with clear, inspired imagery. Students have the opportunity to make their learning visible, sharing their work as global citizens.

General goals:

Understand how graphic design is used to make sense of complex writing, issues, and history, to learn something new, and communicate across language barriers.

Understand the implications that visual communication skills hold for exchange of information and ideas on a global scale. Understand the role of artists in global conversations, and the political power of art.

Understand the content and context of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, engaging in discussions with classmates to determine the key ideas of each article. Relate this understanding to people, events, and ideas in current events and in history.

Practice reading the world, to see the influence of power structures and identify the ways in which artists have power and influence.  

Acquire proficiency with Adobe Creative Suite and the production pipeline at use in professional graphic design studios.

Communicate understanding of each UDHR article using visual language. Utilize the elements and principles of design.


The newest release of UDHR Poster Project posters will be on display at the Oakland Public Library

On Display From

Thu, 11/10/2016 - Wed, 02/22/2017

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

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017
Event Name Time
ACLU Know Your Rights: Transgender People and the Law 5:00pm
Lawyers in the Library 6:00pm
Thursday, February 23rd, 2017
Event Name Time
ESL Conversation Club 2:00pm
Free Meals in the TeenZone 4:00pm
Lawyers in the Library 6:00pm
Friday, February 24th, 2017
Event Name Time
Free Snacks in the TeenZone 1:30pm
Free Snacks in the Children's Room 1:30pm
VideoGames in the TeenZone 2:00pm
Free Meals in the TeenZone 4:00pm
Saturday, February 25th, 2017
Event Name Time
Free Tax Help at the Main Library 10:00am