West Oakland Branch Library has approximately 35,000 books, compact disks, videos, DVDs, audio books, audiocassettes, and magazines and newspapers for all ages. Circulating materials are largely of popular interest with a strong emphasis on practical how-to topics and local history.

Special interest collections include the African American collection, a small business collection, careers and college section, a Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender collection, and Spanish language materials for children and adults. West Oakland has an extensive children's section focused on providing early literacy materials to children and their parents, as well as a growing teen collection.

The branch is equipped with six computers with Internet access available for public use, as well as adaptive technology, including screen readers and enlargers, for those who are blind or have low vision.

The building was dedicated in 1977 "For the love of knowledge, friendship, and people." The construction of the building was funded through the Oakland Model Cities Program, a War on Poverty program (Source: plaque near entrance).

West Oakland Branch Library photomural


  • African American Quilt Guild of Oakland, 4th Saturday of the month, 1-3pm.  All are welcome to attend for quilting inspiration and community. For more info: www.aaqgo.org or 238-7352
  • Teen Screen-Printing Workshop: Thursday April 18th, 3PM
  • Lawyers in the Library: 1st Tuesday, 5:00 - 630 PM, advance sign-up at 4:30 PM.
  • It's Your Move Chess Clinic: Chess coach Will Delaney offers a beginner and intermediate chess clinic for all ages, including parents. Please sign up for this free event. Wednesdays, 3:00 - 5:00 PM.
  • From Wednesday, June 19, through Friday, August 9, free and nutritious meals will be served at the branch library Tuesdays to 



1801 Adeline Street, Oakland, California 94608




  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: 11:30am - 7:00pm
  • Wednesday: 10:00am - 5:30pm
  • Thursday: 10:00am - 5:30pm
  • Friday: 12:00pm - 5:30pm
  • Saturday: 10:00am - 5:30pm
  • Sunday: Closed

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