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The Ralph Ellison Library is providing curbside services only until further notice. Watch our website for updates about Ralph Ellison’s reopening.

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BELLE ISLE LIBRARY TO CLOSE FOR RENOVATIONS

The library known to many as the “Millennium Falcon” or “Starship Enterprise” will close on July 17, 2020 to undergo an extensive remodel, launching the 1960s style library into the future. Before this remodel begins, the library will move into a temporary location at 3621 NW Expressway, next to Gold’s Gym and Buy for Less.

The temporary library location will open in mid-August, and construction will start around the same time on the renovations of the existing building.

The renovations will preserve the building’s iconic looks while still giving the library some much ne...

Belle Isle Closed for Renovations

The library known to many as the “Millennium Falcon” or the "Starship Enterprise” will soon undergo an extensive remodel, launching the 1960s style library into the future. The library will be closed to the public beginning Saturday, July 18, 2020 while they move into their temporary location, scheduled to open in August 2020.

 

About the Temporary Location

Because of the closing, library members should be aware of a few changes for dropping off and retrieving books that they have placed on hold. Beginning Wednesday, Aug. 5, library cust...

Bethany Library Closure

To our customers and our community,

We learned on July 1 that a staff member at the Bethany Library tested positive for COVID-19. For the safety of our staff and customers we closed the library immediately for a professional deep cleaning and the library will reopen when we believe it is safe to do so and staffing level permits. All staff members who may have been exposed will quarantine for 14 days and are encouraged to be tested. The Library staff are diligent about our requirement for employees to wear masks and the employee who tested positive was wearing a mask while at work....

METROPOLITAN LIBRARY SYSTEM LAUNCHES ONLINE LITFEST

Are you an aspiring author, storyteller or content creator? Then stop by the Metropolitan Library System’s website during the month of July to learn tips and tricks, and to view live or recorded sessions about the writing industry from local authors.

“This is the third year for the event, but this year it’s all virtual,” said Adult Librarian Sarah Brown, who is the brains in charge of the program. “People will have the unique opportunity to learn from industry professionals about a variety of topics ranging from how to grow your online platform, how to self-publish for free and ti...

Libraries Open for Phase 2

The Metropolitan Library System announced that all libraries will be open for Phase 2 on Monday, June 1 2020.

Phase 2 allows a limited amount of customers in the building to use computers in  one-hour sessions. The computers available will be spaced out for social distancing. Customers may also come to the building for copies or faxing. 

Face masks are recommended for customers entering the building.

“We’re excited to see more of our customers,” Chris Kennedy, Metropolitan Library System Deputy Director of Library Services. “Curbside pick-up is going ...

GENEALOGY ONE-ON-ONE TUTORIALS

Looking for clues as to your ancestry? Or do you have specific questions on how to get started with your genealogy research?  The Metropolitan Library System is hosting one-on-one sessions to provide the support and guidance needed for specific genealogy research needs.

“We started doing the one-on-one meetings with customers during the unexpected closure, and they were a big hit,” said Special Collections Librarian Lisa Bradley. “We use Zoom to hold the meetings, but other than a few minor minor technical glitches, we haven’t had any issues.

Looking into ancestry c...

CHOCTAW LIBRARY GUILD TO HOLD HERB & GARDEN FESTIVAL ONLINE

The Choctaw Library Guild will hold their first herb and garden festival to raise money to support the Metropolitan Library System’s Choctaw Library from May 16th to May 23rd.

“We had planned to have the festival outside, but because of the pandemic, we decided it’s best to hold it online,” said Heather Zeoli, director of development for the Metropolitan Library System.

They will be hosting demonstrations, presentations and DIY “How To” instructional sessions via Zoom [Meeting ID: 868-9500-3396 Password: Choctaw]. There will also be a silent auction in addition to curbsi...

COVID-19 Diary Project

As part of its commitment to document and share the history of Oklahoma County the Special Collections & Research department of the Metropolitan Library System has announced the Oklahoma County COVID-19 Diary Project. The project will gather journals, diaries and other creative material from around Oklahoma County to help document the community’s experiences during the current crisis caused by the novel coronavirus.

All residents of central Oklahoma are welcome to submit contributions to the project. “One of the library’s roles is to preserve our history and culture for future...

Metropolitan Library System Announces Friends Booksale

Love books? Like sale prices? The Friends of the Metropolitan Library System are hosting a booksale that is sure to delight booklovers everywhere.

One of the largest booksales in the nation will take place in Oklahoma City Saturday and Sunday Feb. 22 and 23, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds Expo Hall. Admission is free. The Friends are offering thousands of affordable titles at their annual public booksale event.

A pre-sale will be held Feb. 21 from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. for Friends members. Those wishing to join the Friends may purchase memberships ...

2020 Black History Month Activities

Renown Black American poet Maya Angelou said, “I always felt, if I could get to a Library, I’ll be OK.” The Metropolitan Library System will celebrate Black History Month with diverse library programs throughout Oklahoma County in the month of February.

Black History Month programs will include informative dance performances on the history of Hip Hop dance from the R.A.C.E. Dance Collective, a documentary screening of The Lady: The Making of the Charlie Christian Jazz Festival with Harold Jones, a presentation on Black Towns in the U.S. and screenings of the PBS film series The Af...

METROPOLITAN LIBRARY SYSTEM MAKES NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION TO READ MORE

What if you could accomplish all your goals in the new year simply by reading more? Over 40 percent of Americans said they were likely to make a New Year’s resolution and about 20 percent who do, resolve to read more in the new year, while other popular resolutions include reaching health and learning related goals.

Whether your New Year’s resolution is to improve your health, learn a new skill or read more, the Library is hosting a program that may motivate you to do just that! The Metropolitan Library System will kick off Book Bingo, a winter reading challenge for adults, on Jan...

EDMOND LIBRARY RENOVATIONS TO BEGIN IN DECEMBER

EDMOND, OK– Renovations to the Edmond Library will begin next month, improving the popular library’s energy efficiency with an all new HVAC system, roof, carpet, ceiling and LED lighting. The Metropolitan Library System’s Edmond Library will close on Dec. 9, 2019 and renovations will continue through Mar. 2020.

The temporary Edmond Express Library at Pelican Bay location, where Edmond Library customers can pick-up holds and return items, will open Dec. 16 at 1030 S. Bryant near Hafer Park.

The Edmond Library opened in 1967 and moved to its current location in 1973. In 1996, Edmo...

METROPOLITAN LIBRARY SYSTEM TO BREAK GROUND ON NEW DEL CITY LIBRARY

The Del City Library will soon get a new building and move out of their current facility, housed within the Del City Community Center. The new building will help the Library better meet the needs of a growing Del City community.

The Metropolitan Library System, Jenco Construction and Architecture Incorporated will break ground on the new Del City Library, Monday, Dec. 2, 2019 at 2pm at 4330 SE 15th Street.

The almost 16,000 square foot new Del City Library will be double the size of the current library facility. Some features will include a covered patio area for childre...

New Bethany Library to Open in November

OKLAHOMA CITY– The new state-of-the-art Bethany Library is set to open in November. The 23,000-square-foot library is much more than simply a new building – it offers a new library experience.

The new Bethany Library, on 6700 NW 35, will open on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019 at 10 a.m., and it is sure to wow library goers. The library features a makerspace with cutting -edge technology, tech-friendly community meeting spaces, a separate children’s programming/event space, outdoor reading porches and one-of-a-kind public art.

Grand opening festivities include music and theatric...

Bestselling Author of Boom Town to Visit OKC Library

BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF BOOM TOWN TO VISIT OKC

OKLAHOMA CITY – Sam Anderson, bestselling author of Boom Town, an urban history of Oklahoma City, will visit the Metropolitan Library System this spring.

The event will be held April 20 from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Metropolitan Library System’s Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library. The event will include an author talk followed by time for open questions. Anderson will be joined by Ponca City native Brian Phillips, author of the recently published book of essays, Impossible Owls.

Local bookseller “Commonplace Books” ...