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

Memory Trace

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Memory Trace is an intergenerational public art project that took place at the San Antonio/Fruitvale Senior Center between the spring and summer of 2014.

In order to build a bridge between the generations the basis of the project was to have young people spend time at the Center and interview senior citizens. Working with students from ARISE High School and the Unity Council's Latino Men and Boys Group, Memory Trace compiled interviews that were transformed into a comic book.

The exhibition consists of the comic book, original drawings, paintings and stories gathered by the youth and seniors.

This event is supported by the Oakland City Council and funded by the City of Oakland's Cultural Funding Program.




On Display From

Sat, 11/15/2014 - Sat, 01/31/2015

Currently on Exhibit

The Panama Pacific International Exposition of 1915

The Panama Pacific International Exposition of 1915 was the 20th century's first significant art and architecture exposition on the West Coast. Covering an area of 635 acres on the San Francisco waterfront, it featured the works of major Bay Area artists including architect Bernard Maybeck, The Oakland History Room will celebrate the centennial of this major cultural event with an exhibit, showcasing original programs, souvenir books, photographs, maps, and other ephemera.

On Display From

Mon, 01/12/2015 - Thu, 03/26/2015

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015
Event Name Time
Free Tax Help at the Main Library 12:00pm
Afterschool Art with MOCHA 2:00pm
Free Computer Help Available! 6:00pm
Lawyers in the Library 6:00pm
African American Oakland: a historical overview 6:00pm
Tutoring in the TeenZone 6:30pm
Thursday, February 12th, 2015
Event Name Time
Lawyers in the Library 6:00pm
Tutoring in the TeenZone 6:30pm
Friday, February 13th, 2015
Event Name Time
Shrine of Broken Hearts - Reception, Cookie-Decorating & After-Party! 3:00pm
Saturday, February 14th, 2015
Event Name Time
Free Tax Help at the Main Library 10:00am