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

Currently on Exhibit

The East Bay Home Front during World War II

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The Oakland History Room has mounted a new exhibit that will explore how the East Bay region mobilized for World War II, the mass migration that changed the area demographically, the industries that changed the area economically, and the social and political movements that sprung from the war years. The exhibit will feature historic documents, photographs, maps, posters, and other materials.

On Display From

Mon, 07/28/2014 - Fri, 10/31/2014

Currently on Exhibit

The Welcome Home Project: Photo Exhibit

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The Welcome Home Project is a collection of stories and photographs of 20 formerly incarcerated Alameda County residents who were able to turn their lives around after 10 to 20 years in prisons and jails. The project hopes to provide positive role models to people being released from prison, and to challenge the notion that people involved in crime cannot or will not change. Their stories are testimony to the power of resilience and determination in the face of the stigma and barriers that most of the formerly incarcerated face.

The Main Library is hosting a satellite display of four select photographs, and the subjects’ stories, in the lobby hallway on the first floor.

We hope that you’ll be inspired to attend the full photography show starting on October 16th at Oakland City Hall in the third floor atrium.  Please contact Mana Tominaga, (510)238-6611 if you have any questions about this display. 

(The Welcome Home Project is a program of Community Works West, an Oakland based nonprofit that engages youth and adults in arts, education, and restorative justice programs to interrupt the impact of incarceration.)


On Display From

Mon, 09/22/2014 - Wed, 10/22/2014

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014
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Tutoring in the TeenZone 6:30pm
Thursday, October 30th, 2014
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Tutoring in the TeenZone 6:30pm
Friday, October 31st, 2014
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Halloween Parade and Trick-or-Treating 3:00pm
Saturday, November 1st, 2014
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Free Computer Help Available! 10:00am
Toddler Storytime 10:30am
Sunday, November 2nd, 2014
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Free Computer Help Available! 1:00pm
Making Money as a Musician: Engaging Your Community to Grow Your Creative Career 2:00pm
Monday, November 3rd, 2014
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Preschool Storytime 10:30am
Tuesday, November 4th, 2014
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Baby Bounce 10:15am
Medicare Open Enrollment 2:00pm