Main Library

The reference and information phone lines at the Main Library are down.  We apologize for the inconvenience.  

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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

Emeryville: City of Industry, 1880-2000

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Emeryville emerged in the late 19th century as a major center of industry because of its strategic location, low tax rates, and access to transportation.  The Oakland History Room is hosting the Emeryville Historical Society's new exhibit which documents with rare photographs Emeryville's manufacturing development and decline.

 

 

On Display From

Sun, 04/01/2018 - Sat, 06/30/2018

Upcoming Events

Saturday, May 5th, 2018
Event Name Time
FREE Comic Book Day! 10:00am
Toddler Storytime 10:30am
The Beat Within - Writing Workshop for Teens 2:00pm
Lift Every Voice Art Opening 3:00pm
Sunday, May 6th, 2018
Event Name Time
Veterans Services 1:00pm
Volunteer Information Session 2:00pm
Help for Renters 3:00pm
Monday, May 7th, 2018
Event Name Time
Preschool Storytime 10:30am
Tuesday, May 8th, 2018
Event Name Time
Baby Bounce 10:15am
Get Help from the Homeless Action Center 10:30am