Ralph Ellison Library

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Ralph Ellison Library

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About Ralph Ellison Library

The Ralph Ellison Library opened in its current location in 1975. Named in honor of Oklahoma City native and acclaimed author Ralph Ellison, this library is located in one of Oklahoma’s historically Black neighborhoods. Customers rely on the library to find basic information about voting, taxes, tutoring, government assistance, and a variety of other fundamental needs. In addition, the library serves a dynamic population of motivated young adults, college students, business people, authors, and community leaders.

Book drop location: To the right of entrance.

Special Programs: 
  • Annual summer reading program
  • Black History Month events in February
  • Jazz concerts
  • Juneteenth celebration
  • Monthly flyers with detailed information are available in the library
  • AARP and VITA provide tax assistance to customers on an annual basis
  • Public use computers with Internet access and printing capabilities
  • Mobile and offsite printing
  • Free WiFi
  • MediaSurfers - Check out an iPad to surf the web, use library services, read magazines and books, check email, use social media, play games and more!
  • Copy machine
  • Meeting rooms for public use (reservations required)
  • Self-serve holds shelf and a self-check machine
  • Catalog computers dedicated to accessing only Metro Library's collection
  • Library staff who can provide assistance locating information, using print and electronic sources, and provide readers' advisory
  • Place and pick up interlibrary loan requests
  • General Information Bulletin Board
  • Job Information Center
  • Tours and instruction in use of library resources (by appointment)
  • Tens of thousands of fiction and nonfiction titles for all ages available as hardback or paperback books, magazines, newspapers, books on CD and music CDs, DVDs, Playaways, and more
  • Reference materials for in-library use
  • Vertical files

Ralph Ellison Library

2000 NE 23rd Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73111
Phone: (405) 424-1437

Monday - Thursday 9am - 9pm

Friday 9am - 6pm

Saturday 9am - 5pm

Sunday 1pm - 6pm