Main Library

Oakland Main Library will be closed, Tuesday, June 12 for the Warriors Championship Parade

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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

Lift Every Voice Art Exhibit

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Lift Every Voice is a weekly youth led art advocacy workshop series connecting young people in discussion and creation around youth incarceration. Come check out LEV's exhibit of youth art exploring the intricacies of the juvenile justice system and ways in which art can be used as an activist tool for prison abolition!

 

On Display From

Sat, 05/05/2018 - Sat, 08/18/2018

Currently on Exhibit

Lift Every Voice Art Exhibit on the TeenZone Art Wall

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Lift Every Voice is a weekly youth led art advocacy workshop series connecting young people in discussion and creation around youth incarceration. Come check out LEV's exhibit of youth art exploring the intricacies of the juvenile justice system and ways in which art can be used as an activist tool for prison abolition!

On the TeenZone Art Wall on the second floor.

 

On Display From

Sat, 05/05/2018 - Sat, 08/25/2018

Upcoming Events

Thursday, July 26th, 2018
Event Name Time
Harm Reduction, HIV Prevention and Education 2:00pm
Veterans Services 4:00pm
Lawyers in the Library 6:00pm
Friday, July 27th, 2018
Event Name Time
Summer Produce Stand with Mandela Marketplace 11:30am
Veterans Services 1:00pm
Fresh Air Fridays 1:30pm
Videogames in the TeenZone 2:00pm
Saturday, July 28th, 2018
Event Name Time
Veterans Services 10:00am
Toddler Storytime 10:30am
Social Workers in the Library 11:00am