Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library

Downtown Library

About Ronald J. Norick 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: Walk-up returns on the west and north sides of the building.

Contact Information

300 Park Avenue

Oklahoma City, OK

73102

Phone: (405) 231-8650

Hours of Operation

Monday - Thursday 9am - 9pm

Friday 9am - 6pm

Saturday 9am - 5pm

Sunday 1pm - 6pm

Oklahoma Room
Call for times

Services

  • Technology
    • Public use computers with 60-minute internet access and printing capabilities
    • An express computer with 15-minute internet access and printing capabilities
    • Mobile and offsite printing
    • Free Wi-Fi
    • Color copy machine with outbound fax and scan capability
    • One-on-one computer instruction (call for appointment)
  • Collections
    • 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
    • Tours and instruction in use of library resources (by appointment)
  • Spaces
    • Study rooms - Free (reservations required)
    • Meeting rooms - Rented for a cost (reservations required)
    • Quiet reading room 
  • Special Collections
    • Genealogy Collection
    • Holocaust Collection
    • Oklahoma Collection
    • Topographic maps from the U.S. Geological Survey
    • 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

Upcoming Events

Sundays Together

January 26, 2020
2:00pm - 3:30pm
Downtown Library
Library Branch: Downtown Library
Room: Children's Program Room (Downtown)
Age Group: All Ages, Birth-PreK, Kids, Teens, Adults
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Science & STEAM
Event Description:
Join us as we create imaginary worlds, learn new art techniques, find inspiration in books, and connect with the world around us. Sundays together is a art and STEM focused weekly program for the whole family to enjoy. Each month the entire family ...

Midweek Makers: LEGO Club

January 29, 2020
2:30pm - 3:30pm
Downtown Library
Registration
Library Branch: Downtown Library
Room: Children's Program Room (Downtown)
Age Group: Kids
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Continuing Education, DIY & Hobbies, Science & STEAM
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 29
Event Description:
LEGO club encourages children to learn while having fun! Creativity, problem solving, and teamwork are some of the skills that "playing" with LEGOS can teach children.  ...

Parachute Paytime

January 30, 2020
10:00am - 10:30am
Downtown Library
Registration
Library Branch: Downtown Library
Room: Children's Program Room (Downtown)
Age Group: Birth-PreK
Program Type: Books & Reading, Child Development & Parenting, Storytimes
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 26
Event Description:
Get ready to shake the chute and move your body at Parachute Playtime! Enjoy rhymes, songs and tons of parachute fun. The parachute helps to build fine motor skills by using hand muscles to move the chute. Parachute play also develops gross motor...

Storytime Saturdays

February 1, 2020
10:00am - 11:00am
Downtown Library
Library Branch: Downtown Library
Room: Children's Program Room (Downtown)
Age Group: Birth-PreK, Kids
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Books & Reading, Storytimes
Event Description:
A story time for the entire family at your Downtown Library! Join us as skilled librarians introduce little ones to the library and show parents/caregivers invaluable information on reading readiness and creating excitement about reading. We will rea...

Sundays Together

February 2, 2020
2:00pm - 3:30pm
Downtown Library
Library Branch: Downtown Library
Room: Children's Program Room (Downtown)
Age Group: All Ages, Birth-PreK, Kids, Teens, Adults
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Science & STEAM
Event Description:
Join us as we create imaginary worlds, learn new art techniques, find inspiration in books, and connect with the world around us. Sundays together is a art and STEM focused weekly program for the whole family to enjoy. Each month the entire family ...

Midweek Makers: Engineer It!

February 5, 2020
2:30pm - 3:30pm
Downtown Library
Library Branch: Downtown Library
Room: Children's Program Room (Downtown)
Age Group: Kids
Program Type: Science & STEAM
Event Description:
Design. Construct. Create. Let your imagination soar and come build with us! This program encourages children to learn while having fun! Engineer It! will build on skills like creativity, problem solving, and teamwork to prepare a future gene...