Rockridge Branch

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Branch Address

5366 College Avenue
Oakland, CA  94618
(510) 597-5017

Branch Hours

12:30pm - 8:00pm
10:00am - 5:30pm
10:00am - 5:30pm
12:00pm - 5:30pm
10:00am - 5:30pm

About the Rockridge Branch

Rockridge Branch has approximately 75,000 books, compact disks, DVDs, audio books, video games, and magazines and newspapers for all ages. Circulating materials are largely of popular interest, with a strong emphasis on practical how-to topics and fiction. Rockridge also offers popular children's and teen collections.

The branch features 12 computers for public use with internet access and printing capability as well as 5 laptops for in-house use by the public.

Meeting Room

The meeting room has a capacity of 47 people per side or 94 for the entire room. Each room has 4 folding/rolling tables, each seating 4-6 people. Room 2 has a projection screen (no projector) and a wall-mounted white board. Room 1 has small sink.

Currently on Exhibit

People, Places and Things with the Rockridge Community Photography Group

image of a woman in a cow costume

“People, Places and Things” is an eclectic collection of photographs ranging from iconic black and whites captured on film to boldly colorful geometrics created by an electronic technique called photomerge. The “People” photos are from as close as Telegraph Avenue and as far as Petra, Jordan. "Places" include the untamed California Coast, Glacier Park in Montana, Jordan, Tibet, and Viet Nam. Although many “Things” on display will be recognizable, the show will include abstracts, hyper-realism and collage. The December show is about “being there” for the present moment, pausing to notice, elevating the ordinary, and playing with perfection.

Join Us: On December 10, 2016 group members Lea del Pomo and Martha Snider will present an interactive collage workshop for adults and children. Supplies will be provided, although participants are welcome to bring any items or photographs that they might want to include in a mixed media collage.

The original Rockridge Community Photography Group formed in 2002. It has reconfigured over time and continually added new members. The current group came together around decades-long friendships and equally long-standing preoccupations with shadow and light.


Photographer and videographer John Pearson has published seven books of photographs including his most recent To Laugh At Ourselves. Included in the show is John’s famous image that became the cover photo of Born to Win, a book that has sold 4 million copies.

Lea Del Pomo graduated from Pratt Institute in graphic design and works as an employment counselor. The human condition, relationships and making the invisible visible informs her work.

Martha Snider began making collages from less-than-stellar photographs in the early 2000’s. A prominent theme in her work is connection between the figures in a piece and is her way of illustrating the interrelatedness of creatures and objects that populate the world.

Michael Baar began photographing to preserve his memories. It started for him in his 20s, when he got a job in Alaska and acquired a now ancient 35mm SLR camera to take into the wilderness. Like other members of the group he has switched from film to digital. He continues to be drawn to nature and landscapes. 

Robert Hofmann has lived and photographed in the Bay Area most of his life. His early exposure to photography eventually led to his putting himself through Cal by working in a camera shop on College Avenue. Robert particularly enjoys making photographs during his travels. In recent years he has begun to explore the ‘digital darkroom’ using Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop.

Charles Lucke’s experimental approach is intended to liberate form and change it from a visual reality to an unreality. It is a way to “free the process from a precise reproduction of tone, color and form to allow the right brain to reign. 

On Display From

Thu, 12/01/2016 - Sat, 12/31/2016

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017
Event Name Time
Free Meals for Kids & Teens 1:30pm
Teen 'Scape 1:30pm
Thursday, January 5th, 2017
Event Name Time
Preschool Story Time 10:30am
Toddler Story Time 10:30am
Free Meals for Kids & Teens 3:30pm
Teen 'Scape 3:30pm
Friday, January 6th, 2017
Event Name Time
Teen 'Scape/Yu-Gi-Oh Card Game Club 3:30pm
Free Meals for Kids & Teens 3:30pm
Saturday, January 7th, 2017
Event Name Time
Family Story Time 10:30am
Rockridge Teen Advisory Group 1:00pm