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

Quinn Nelson Art Exhibit

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The TeenZone is happy to host the art of 14 year old artist and political cartoonist Quinn Nelson.

Her work has appeared in the Resist! newspaper created for the Women's March and also won the New York Times 2016 editorial cartoon contest.  

KQED recently did a video piece on her and it can be viewed here https://ww2.kqed.org/arts/2017/03/28/meet-the-oakland-14-year-old-cartooning-the-resistance/  

On Display From

Wed, 06/14/2017 - Wed, 09/13/2017

Upcoming Events

Saturday, July 29th, 2017
Event Name Time
Toddler Storytime 10:30am
Monday, July 31st, 2017
Event Name Time
Barnyard Pals 10:30am
Preschool Storytime 10:30am
Want to Improve Your Reading? 12:30pm
Free Summer Lunch for Kids & Teens! 12:30pm
Library Advisory Commission Meeting 5:15pm
Tuesday, August 1st, 2017
Event Name Time
Baby Bounce 10:15am
Free Summer Lunch for Kids & Teens! 12:30pm
National Night Out at Main with the Awesöme Orchestra 6:00pm
Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017
Event Name Time
Want to Improve Your Reading? 12:30pm