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

Currently on Exhibit

Ara Jo Memorial Exhibit

Photo of Ara Jo

Ara Jo was a bright light in the community who, among a multitude of other creative and charitable endeavors, led craft workshops for Oakland Public Library with the Rock Paper Scissors Collective.  

She tragically was one of the many who died in the Ghost Ship Fire in December.  This exhibit at the Main Library's TeenZone Art Wall on the Second Floor will showcase her work, her collaborations and her legacy.  

On Display From

Sun, 03/05/2017 - Wed, 05/31/2017

Currently on Exhibit

Park Avenue in Emeryville: Transformation of an Industrial Corridor

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

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017
Event Name Time
Baby Bounce 10:15am
Free Summer Lunch for Kids & Teens! 12:30pm
Wednesday, June 14th, 2017
Event Name Time
Free Summer Lunch for Kids & Teens! 12:30pm
VideoGames in the TeenZone 2:00pm
Ebook help 5:00pm
Lawyers in the Library 6:00pm
Quinn Nelson Art Exhibit Opening Party 6:00pm
Thursday, June 15th, 2017
Event Name Time
Free Summer Lunch for Kids & Teens! 12:30pm
ESL Conversation Club 2:00pm
Lawyers in the Library 6:00pm