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 has a capacity of 121 people, and is equipped with collapsible tables and chairs and a podium.

Currently on Exhibit

Remembering the Oakland Oaks and their Fabulous Ball Park, 1903-1955


The Emeryville Historical Society will mount an exhibit in the Oakland History Room to commemorate the sixtieth anniversary of the Oakland Oaks baseball team's departure to Vancouver, British Columbia. The exhibit will feature photographs and memorabilia of the popular team.

On Display From

Mon, 04/06/2015 - Fri, 07/31/2015

Upcoming Events

Saturday, June 6th, 2015
Event Name Time
Toddler Storytime 10:30am
VideoGames in the TeenZone 3:00pm
Sunday, June 7th, 2015
Event Name Time
VideoGames in the TeenZone 3:00pm
Monday, June 8th, 2015
Event Name Time
Preschool Storytime 10:30am
VideoGames in the TeenZone 3:00pm
Snacks in the TeenZone 3:00pm
Tuesday, June 9th, 2015
Event Name Time
Baby Bounce 10:15am
Introduction to Proposal Writing 1:00pm
VideoGames in the TeenZone 3:00pm
Snacks in the TeenZone 3:00pm