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Lakeview Branch Library is in the Lakeshore district of Oakland near Lake Merritt and is one of sixteen libraries in the Oakland Public Library system.  This branch has a wide variety of books, CDs, DVDs, audio books, magazines and newspapers. The library, designed by Miller and Warnecke, was completed in 1949 using funds from a bond passed by Oakland voters in 1945.

Most of the approximately 35,000 materials are popular in nature, including best sellers and one of the largest collections of Books on Tape and Books on CD. 

In addition to a large magazine collection in English, the branch also carries a Chinese language newspaper.

The branch is equipped with four computers with internet access, and a small 25 person capacity meeting room equipped with a television and video/DVD player.


  • Baby Bounce: Play, sing, and rhyme one on one with your baby from birth to 18 months. Followed by Playtime! Wednesdays 11:00 am

  • Lakeview Writers: Selene guides you in creative writing exercises and sharing. 4th Tuesday, 6:00-8:00 PM

  • Lakeview Book Club: 3rd Tuesday, 6:30-7:30 PM. Call 238-7344 for title.

  • LEGO Mania! Design, build and explore with thousands of LEGOs. 2nd Friday, 3PM.

  • All Knits: Learn to knit or improve your skills. For adults and kids ages 8+ up. Beginners through experts welcome. Thursdays, 3:30-5 PM

  • Saturday Lakeview Chess Club: Join us for pick-up play and friendly competition. 3rd Saturday, 1:00 - 5:00 PM.

  • Toddler Storytime: Wednesdays, 10:10 AM

  • Family Storytime: Saturdays, 10:30 AM

  • Paws to ReadWednesdays, 3:30-5pm,  Months alternate, call for details. Kids: come read to our canine friends! It's a great way to practice reading, spend time with a gentle dog, and have some fun. Sign up soon for a 20-minute time slot - we fill up quickly! This program is best for independent readers in grades 1-7.


550 El Embarcadero, Oakland, California 94610




  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: 12:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: 10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • Friday: 12:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • Sunday: Closed

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