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.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015
Event Name Time
Lawyers in the Library 6:00pm
Thursday, August 20th, 2015
Event Name Time
ESL Conversation Club 2:00pm
VideoGames in the TeenZone 3:00pm
Lawyers in the Library 6:00pm
Friday, August 21st, 2015
Event Name Time
Backpack Buttonmaking 3:00pm
VideoGames in the TeenZone 3:00pm
Saturday, August 22nd, 2015
Event Name Time
Toddler Storytime 10:30am
VideoGames in the TeenZone 3:00pm
Sunday, August 23rd, 2015
Event Name Time
VideoGames in the TeenZone 3:00pm
Monday, August 24th, 2015
Event Name Time
Preschool Storytime 10:30am