Downtown Library

Downtown Library

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: 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 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
  • 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

The Maurice Sendak Exhibition

All Day6/15 - 7/9
Downtown Library
Library Branch: Downtown Library
Room: Atrium (Downtown)
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Cultural Experiences
Event Description:
The Maurice Sendak Exhibition is a retrospective of original works by the beloved children’s book illustrator and author of Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak. The exhibit includes 50 of Sendak’s works celebrating his heartfelt art. We encoura...

Pageturners! Tween Book Club

June 19, 2019
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Downtown Library
Registration
Library Branch: Downtown Library
Room: Children's Program Room (Downtown)
Age Group: Kids
Program Type: Books & Reading, Cultural Experiences
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 22
Event Description:
Join us every 3rd Monday for The Pageturners Tween Book Club. In addition to the book discussion, there will be an activity related to a theme(s) from the book. Please call for monthly book selections....

Art Time

June 20, 2019
10:00am - 10:45am
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, Family Programs
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 22
Event Description:
Let's get crafty! Join us as we use a variety of art supplies to create unique masterpieces. This program is held on the third Thursday of each month. ...

Storytime Saturdays

June 22, 2019
10:00am - 11:00am
Downtown Library
Library Branch: Downtown Library
Room: Children's Program Room (Downtown)
Age Group: 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...

Finding Bigfoot

June 22, 2019
11:00am - 12:00pm
Downtown Library
Registration
Library Branch: Downtown Library
Room: Children's Program Room (Downtown)
Age Group: Kids
Program Type: Storytimes
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 37
Event Description:
Kurt Stanley and Evans Bailey, local volunteer investigators, will share information about Bigfoot sightings in Oklahoma, descriptions of these cryptid creatures, possible physical field evidence!...

Historically Speaking: Cryptids & Animals in Native beliefs

June 22, 2019
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Downtown Library
Registration
Library Branch: Downtown Library
Room: 46th Star Auditorium (Downtown)
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Cultural Experiences
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 114
Event Description:
Oklahoma has one of the largest concentrations of Native Nations in the United States. We are also home to a Bigfoot Festival in Honobia that brings in people from across the nation. Come join Bigfoot Hunter Troy Hudson, citizen of the Choctaw Nation...