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, West Auditorium, has a capacity of 121 people, and is equipped with collapsible tables and chairs and a podium.

Currently on Exhibit

Oakland's Golden Gate District: evolution of a neighborhood


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The Emeryville Historical Society has mounted an exhibit relating the story of the Golden Gate district. Sandwiched in between West Oakland, Emeryville and West Berkeley, the neighborhood has seen many changes over the years. The exhibit will showcase the district's development from its early days as Klinknerville, to the thriving business district of the 1950s, and the rapid changes of the 1990s. The exhibit is located on the second floor of the Oakland Main Library.

On Display From

Sun, 04/03/2016 - Sun, 07/31/2016

Upcoming Events

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016
Event Name Time
ESL Conversation Club 2:00pm
Lawyers in the Library 6:00pm
Saturday, June 4th, 2016
Event Name Time
Toddler Storytime 10:30am
Super Smash Brothers Tournament Championship 2:00pm
Monday, June 6th, 2016
Event Name Time
Preschool Storytime 10:30am
Tuesday, June 7th, 2016
Event Name Time
Baby Bounce 10:15am
Wednesday, June 8th, 2016
Event Name Time
Pop-Up TeenZone 3:00pm
Ebook help 5:00pm
Lawyers in the Library 6:00pm
Paris Encore! 6:00pm