Main Library hours starting April 1, 2019:
Sunday: 10:00am – 5:30 pm
Monday: 10:00am – 8:00pm
Tuesday: 10:00am – 8:00pm
Wednesday: 10:00am – 8:00pm
Thursday: 10:00am – 8:00pm
Friday: 12:00pm – 5:30pm
Saturday: 10:00am – 5:30pm
Branch Address125 14th St.
Oakland, CA 94612
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 RoomThe 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
The TeenZone Art Wall proudly presents "we are the ones we've been waiting for". This is a creation by young women of color in Oakland who envision how their voices and life experiences can be platforms for chaneg. This installation features their own ten-point platform, a call for greater oakland community on how to help young women of color thrive in the town. Youth poetry and photography feature the stream of consciousness thoughts, ideas recollections and memories that young women of color encounter as they navigate life living in their beloved home: Oakland.
Opening Wednesday February 27 from 5-7. Refreshments will be served. (510) 238-7332 for any questions.
On Display FromWed, 02/27/2019 - Sat, 04/27/2019
Currently on Exhibit
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. This exhibit is free and open to the public.
On Display FromMon, 01/14/2019 - Fri, 04/05/2019
|Lawyers in the Library||6:00pm|
|Main Library Tour||6:00pm|
|Fortnite at the TeenZone||1:00pm|
|Videogames in the TeenZone||2:00pm|
|Alameda Alliance for Health||3:00pm|
|Blue Blocks Imagination Playground - Celebrate Maker Month!||3:00pm|
|Are You Ready to Become A US Citizen?||10:00am|
|The Beat Within - Writing Workshop for Teens||2:00pm|