Main Library

Image of Main Library Library

Branch Address

125 14th St.
Oakland, CA  94612
(510) 238-3134

Branch Hours

Monday: 
10:00am - 8:00pm
Tuesday: 
10:00am - 8:00pm
Wednesday: 
10:00am - 8:00pm
Thursday: 
10:00am - 8:00pm
Friday: 
12:00pm - 5:30pm
Saturday: 
10:00am - 5:30pm
Sunday: 
10:00am - 5:30pm

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 Center, 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.

Would your group like a tour of the library?  Contact us at engagement@oaklandlibrary.org to make an appointment.

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.

Upcoming Events

Friday, April 10th, 2020
Event Name Time
CANCELED - Holy Names Career Center 12:30pm
Saturday, April 11th, 2020
Event Name Time
CANCELED - Are You Ready to Become a United States Citizen? 10:15am
Tuesday, April 14th, 2020
Event Name Time
CANCELLED Long Term Tenants Workshop 5:30pm
Thursday, April 16th, 2020
Event Name Time
CANCELLED Put Some Spring in your Step with WRAP 1:00pm
Saturday, April 18th, 2020
Event Name Time
CANCELED - Are You Ready to Become a United States Citizen? 10:15am
Sunday, April 19th, 2020
Event Name Time
CANCELLED Veterans Services 1:00pm
Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020
Event Name Time
[cancelled] @oaklandhasjobs Youth Job and Paid Internship Fair 2:00pm
CANCELLED--Folkland Book Club featuring books from Small Press Distribution 6:00pm
Saturday, April 25th, 2020
Event Name Time
CANCELED - Are You Ready to Become a United States Citizen? 10:15am
Sunday, April 26th, 2020
Event Name Time
CANCELLED Veterans Services 1:00pm