Main Library

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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

Park Avenue in Emeryville: Transformation of an Industrial Corridor

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Judson Rolling Mills factory

The Oakland History Room is hosting a new exhibit, mounted by the Emeryville Historical Society, that will trace the history of Park Avenue from its days as an industrial corridor to its current state as home to Pixar studios, live-work lofts, and the administrative center of Emeryville.  This photo exhibit will feature images of the many attractions, including sports, gambling, and entertainment that the street had to offer.  

On Display From

Sun, 04/02/2017 - Fri, 06/30/2017

Currently on Exhibit

Quinn Nelson Art Exhibit

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The TeenZone is happy to host the art of 14 year old artist and political cartoonist Quinn Nelson.

Her work has appeared in the Resist! newspaper created for the Women's March and also won the New York Times 2016 editorial cartoon contest.  

KQED recently did a video piece on her and it can be viewed here https://ww2.kqed.org/arts/2017/03/28/meet-the-oakland-14-year-old-cartooning-the-resistance/  

On Display From

Wed, 06/14/2017 - Wed, 09/13/2017

Upcoming Events

Monday, July 10th, 2017
Event Name Time
Want to Improve Your Reading? 12:30pm
Free Summer Lunch for Kids & Teens! 12:30pm
Tuesday, July 11th, 2017
Event Name Time
Baby Bounce 10:15am
Free Summer Lunch for Kids & Teens! 12:30pm
Scientific Adventures for Girls 1:30pm
Wednesday, July 12th, 2017
Event Name Time
Want to Improve Your Reading? 12:30pm
Free Summer Lunch for Kids & Teens! 12:30pm
VideoGames in the TeenZone 2:00pm
Ebook help 5:00pm
Lawyers in the Library 6:00pm