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The Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library

Downtown Exterior

About Downtown Library

The four-story Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library is located in the Arts District of downtown Oklahoma City. Library service in downtown OKC first began in 1901 when the Carnegie Library opened at NW 3rd and Robinson Ave. In 1954, the new Main Library was dedicated at Dean A. McGee Ave and Robinson Ave. On December 14, 1993, Oklahoma City voters approved a five-year, one-cent increase in the city's sales tax to fund nine building projects for the downtown area (called MAPS) which including a technologically adaptable Downtown Library/Learning Center. The RJN Downtown Library opened to the public on August 17, 2004. The building is 114,130 square feet and includes classrooms, study rooms, conference rooms, a children’s program room, the Route 66 Computer Lab, 46th Star Auditorium, and Friends Event Room. This state-of-the-art library is a great place for Oklahoma County families.

Book drop locations: Drive-up returns on the west and north sides of the building.

Downtown Street Car Construction Updates

Special Programs: 
  • Annual Summer Reading Program
  • Neighborhood Arts performances during June and July
  • Crafts, LEGOs and other activities for elementary school children
  • Weekly preschooler programming, including art time, music time and story time
  • Traveling exhibits and art displays
  • Year-round teen volunteer opportunities
  • Noon Tunes every Thursday at noon in the Atrium featuring various local musicians
  • Public use computers with internet access and printing capabilities
  • Mobile and offsite printing
  • Free WiFi
  • Copy machine with fax and scan capabilities
  • Self-serve holds shelf and self-check machines
  • Catalog computers dedicated to searching 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
  • Study rooms (reservations required)
  • Quiet reading room
  • 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
  • Topographic maps from the U.S. Geological Survey
  • Reports from Oklahoma State Agencies
  • Reference materials for in-library use
    • Government publications including: United States Code, Oklahoma Statutes

    • Vertical file, a collection 90 years in the making.  Contents include newspaper clippings; meeting and/or annual reports of committees and agencies; flyers and programs; and maps

    • Microform collections of newspapers, magazines, and limited numbers of Federal and Oklahoma government publications

Special Collections

  • Genealogy Collection
  • Holocaust Collection
  • Oklahoma Collection

Downtown Library
300 Park Avenue
Oklahoma City , OK
Phone: (405) 231-8650

Monday - Thursday 9am - 9pm

Friday 9am - 6pm

Saturday 9am - 5pm

Sunday 1pm - 6pm

Oklahoma Room

Monday - Thursday 1 - 4pm

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