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Branch Address125 14th Street
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 has a capacity of 121 people, and is equipped with collapsible tables and chairs and a podium.
Currently on Exhibit
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 FromMon, 07/28/2014 - Fri, 10/31/2014
|Lawyers in the Library||6:00pm|
|Tutoring in the TeenZone||6:30pm|
|Free Computer Help Available!||10:00am|
|Youth Leadership Council||11:00am|
|California Reads at Oakland Public Library: "War Comes Home to Oakland" Community Discussion||11:00am|
|Covered California Enrollment||1:00pm|
|Winter Biking Workshop||2:00pm|
|Free Computer Help Available!||1:00pm|