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

Ara Jo Memorial Exhibit

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Photo of Ara Jo

Ara Jo was a bright light in the community who, among a multitude of other creative and charitable endeavors, led craft workshops for Oakland Public Library with the Rock Paper Scissors Collective.  

She tragically was one of the many who died in the Ghost Ship Fire in December.  This exhibit at the Main Library's TeenZone Art Wall on the Second Floor will showcase her work, her collaborations and her legacy.  

On Display From

Sun, 03/05/2017 - Wed, 05/31/2017

Currently on Exhibit

Park Avenue in Emeryville: Transformation of an Industrial Corridor

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Judson Rolling Mills factory

The Oakland History Room is hosting a new exhibit, mounted by the Emeryville Historical Society, that will trace the history of Park Avenue from its days as an industrial corridor to its current state as home to Pixar studios, live-work lofts, and the administrative center of Emeryville.  This photo exhibit will feature images of the many attractions, including sports, gambling, and entertainment that the street had to offer.  

On Display From

Sun, 04/02/2017 - Fri, 06/30/2017

Currently on Exhibit

This is What Democracy Looks Like

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This is a sketch from the Oakland Women's March made by artist Vivian Aldridge

The Main Library is hosting an exhibit in April, This is What Democracy Looks Like, by the SF Bay Area Urban Sketchers. The drawings on display chronicle two recent events in Oakland: the Hands Around the Lake unity demonstration last November and January's Women's March. The sketches, like the events themselves, are part of a worldwide effort to highlight community engagement in social and political action.

The mission of Urban Sketchers is to raise the artistic, storytelling, and educational value of location drawing, promoting its practice and connecting people around the world. With a small sketchbook, pencil, or pen, sketchers “see the world one drawing at a time.” Want to know more about the Bay Area Urban Sketchers? Click here.

 

On Display From

Mon, 04/03/2017 - Sun, 04/30/2017

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017
Event Name Time
VideoGames in the TeenZone 2:00pm
Retro Game Day! 2:00pm
Free Meals in the TeenZone 4:00pm
Ebook help 5:00pm
Lawyers in the Library 6:00pm
Thursday, May 4th, 2017
Event Name Time
ESL Conversation Club 2:00pm
Free Meals in the TeenZone 4:00pm
Lawyers in the Library 6:00pm
Friday, May 5th, 2017
Event Name Time
Free Snacks in the TeenZone 1:30pm
Free Snacks in the Children's Room 1:30pm