Although considered a suburb of San Francisco, Oakland is also California’s eighth-largest city with a vibrant downtown core and a population of over 400,000 people. The city is the birthplace of the Mai Tai cocktail (invented at Trader Vic’s restaurant) and Rocky Road ice cream and its attractions include the Chabot Space and Science Center, Jack London Square, Lake Merritt and the Oakland Museum of California.
463 11th Street, Oakland
Tel (510) 839 9000
There is free internet access (both computers and wireless access) at Oakland public libraries. The most centrally-located branches include the Main Library (125 14th Street, Oakland; tel (510) 238 3134); open Mon-Tue 10am-5.30pm, Wed-Thu noon-8pm, Fri noon-5.30pm, Sat 10am-5.30pm, Sun 1pm-5pm) and the Asian Branch (388 Ninth Street, Oakland; tel (510) 238 3400; open Tue 12.30pm-8pm, Wed-Thu 10am-5.30pm, Fri noon-5.30pm, Sat 10am-5.30pm).