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

Lunch Bunch Book Club

January 21, 2020
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Downtown Library
Registration
Library Branch: Downtown Library
Room: Jim Thorpe Conference Room (Downtown)
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Book Clubs
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 14
Event Description:
Do you like meeting new people, trying new book suggestions, or just reading and sharing ideas? If so, bring your lunch and join us to discuss this month's book club selection. The book selection for January is Educated by Tara Westover. Call, vis...

Midweek Makers: Art Outside the Lines

January 22, 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, Cultural Experiences, DIY & Hobbies, Family Programs
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 22
Event Description:
Join us for a fantastic afternoon of creativity and art exploration! We will be creating unique art each month inspired by well known artists. Attendees will be provided with the necessary supplies to create their own take-home art. This is a recurri...

Playtime

January 23, 2020
10:00am - 11:00am
Downtown Library
Registration
Library Branch: Downtown Library
Room: Children's Program Room (Downtown)
Age Group: Birth-PreK
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Books & Reading, Child Development & Parenting
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 28
Event Description:
Come play at the library! Sharing in playtime is an excellent way to help children build social skills, promote learning, and discover that the library is a destination for fun! Children will have the opportunity to practice skills such as: follow...

Early Childhood Literacy Workshop: Books Can Help

January 23, 2020
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Downtown Library
Registration
Library Branch: Downtown Library
Room: Friends Room (Downtown)
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Child Development & Parenting
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 49
Event Description:
Raising kids to be successful adults can be hard. There is no manual or checklist to give caregivers all of the answers. One thing every caregiver can do is foster the importance of reading in their child's life--and we are here to help! Join us for ...

Storytime Saturdays

January 25, 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

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 ...