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

Queer Youth Art Exhibit at the TeenZone Art Wall

With hands outstretched to the future, Queer Youth Productions’ traveling exhibit, Muck and Sparkle: the Magic and Pain of Survival, brings forth the art of expanding hearts and paradox of possibility in a candid array of artwork from LGBTQIA2S young people. The show brings with it the specter of struggle youth maneuver in order to (re)claim space to carve out the complexities of their identities. Alongside powerful depictions of self determination, this exhibit transcends the two dimensional and offers a unique glimpse into the the less-often-heard-seen-thought-touched-interiority of vulnerability that comes with uncovering (un)truths of gender and sexuality. By centering voices of queer youth, we are able to reflect upon work that has been done in queer communities and build intergenerational conversations for envisioning supportive and liberating futures. Within these pieces is a resilient force of magic that speaks to a collective and time-defying queer tongue.

On Display From

Fri, 07/01/2016 - Wed, 08/31/2016

Currently on Exhibit

Revolution is a Daily Struggle: Remembering the Black Panther Party's Social Programs

Panther Food Distribution

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Black Panther Party, the Oakland History Room has mounted an exhibit to showcase the group's innovative and much-needed survival programs (1966-1982) that aided many people in Oakland and around the United States by providing them with free food, medical care, legal assistance, and political education.

The exhibit will feature Black Panther Party newspapers, photographs, books, articles and ephemera from the group's heyday.

On Display From

Sun, 08/21/2016 - Wed, 11/30/2016

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016
Event Name Time
Resume Help 4:30pm
Lawyers in the Library 6:00pm
Thursday, September 8th, 2016
Event Name Time
ESL Conversation Club 2:00pm
LEGO Mania 3:00pm
Free Meals in the TeenZone 4:00pm
Lawyers in the Library 6:00pm
Saturday, September 10th, 2016
Event Name Time
Toddler Storytime 10:30am
Monday, September 12th, 2016
Event Name Time
Preschool Storytime 10:30am
Free Meals in the TeenZone 4:00pm
Tuesday, September 13th, 2016
Event Name Time
Baby Bounce 10:15am