Main Library

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Branch Address

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

Branch Hours

10:00am - 8:00pm
10:00am - 8:00pm
10:00am - 8:00pm
10:00am - 8:00pm
12:00pm - 5:30pm
10:00am - 5:30pm
10:00am - 5:30pm

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

We are the ones we've been waiting for

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The TeenZone Art Wall proudly presents "we are the ones we've been waiting for".  This is a creation by young women of color in Oakland who envision how their voices and life experiences can be platforms for chaneg.  This installation features their own ten-point platform, a call for greater oakland community on how to help young women of color thrive in the town.  Youth poetry and photography feature the stream of consciousness thoughts, ideas recollections and memories that young women of color encounter as they navigate life living in their beloved home: Oakland.

Opening Wednesday February 27 from 5-7.  Refreshments will be served. (510) 238-7332 for any questions.

On Display From

Wed, 02/27/2019 - Sat, 04/27/2019

Upcoming Events

Friday, April 26th, 2019
Event Name Time
National Poetry Month Contest for Teens: Blackout Poetry 2:30pm
Alameda Alliance for Health 3:00pm
Saturday, April 27th, 2019
Event Name Time
Are You Ready to Become A US Citizen? 10:00am
Veterans Services 10:00am
Toddler Storytime 10:30am
The Beat Within - Writing Workshop for Teens 2:00pm
Sunday, April 28th, 2019
Event Name Time
Veterans Services 1:00pm
Monday, April 29th, 2019
Event Name Time
Preschool Storytime 10:30am
Día Celebration with Mariela Herrera 10:30am
Healthy Teeth, Healthy Communities 12:00pm