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

African American Oakland

portrait of Mr. and Mrs. Towns, Black Oakland pioneers

The Oakland History Room's new exhibit will trace the rich history of African Americans in Oakland, highlighting some of their political, cultural, social, and economic contributions that made the city unique. The exhibit will feature photographs, documents, biographies, news clippings and other ephemera.


On Display From

Mon, 01/14/2019 - Sun, 03/31/2019

Currently on Exhibit

Oakland Artist Leon Kennedy

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Leon Kennedy has created art for more than fifty years in various media, including found materials from the streets of Oakland. He has been an artist in residence at the East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum owns one of his pieces. This solo show will feature his smaller canvases and other realia. Learn more about Leon Kennedy’s work.

Extended through February! Look for different artwork from Leon Kennedy, in the first week of Februrary. 

On Display From

Mon, 01/07/2019 - Thu, 02/28/2019

Upcoming Events

Thursday, February 21st, 2019
Event Name Time
Know Your Rights: Housing 11:15am
Ice Exploration! 3:00pm
Fortnite at the TeenZone 3:00pm
Veterans Services 4:00pm
Lawyers in the Library 6:00pm
Meet Author Jasmine Guillory 6:30pm
Friday, February 22nd, 2019
Event Name Time
Fortnite at the TeenZone 1:00pm
Videogames in the TeenZone 2:00pm
Alameda Alliance for Health 3:00pm
Saturday, February 23rd, 2019
Event Name Time
Veterans Services 10:00am