Northwest Library

Northwest Library

About Northwest Library 

The Patience S. Latting Northwest Library opened on May 22, 2012 as the first new Metro Library location in more than 30 years. This 35,000 square foot library features imagery of the Oklahoma prairie including study areas housed in glass that resemble oil derricks. Wood-slat walls are reminiscent of the oilfield equipment crates that were historically used as temporary housing. Also unique are the outdoor patios for children and adults. Shelving end-panels feature scenes from the Oklahoma prairie such as wheat fields and windmills. Oklahoma-themed outdoor art sculptures include a 7’ tall saurophaganax dinosaur, a 7’ long collared lizard, a raccoon, and cowgirl Lucille Mulhall with her shelter dog, Wall-E. These whimsical sculptures by artist Solomon Bassoff of Faducci Studio are constructed of steel armature covered with hand sculpted cement and enhanced with applied Italian glass mosaic.

The Northwest Library has broad sustainability features that will allow it to become the first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified public library built in Oklahoma. These LEED elements include a drip irrigation system, low-flow faucets/toilets to reduce water use, a geothermal heating and cooling system to reduce energy consumption, use of recycled and regionally sourced materials for construction, use of sustainably harvested wood, low-emitting finishes and day-lighting for interior spaces. The Northwest Library, located near NW 122nd and MacArthur, is easily accessible through its close proximity to both the Hefner Parkway and the Kilpatrick Turnpike.

Book drop location: Drive-up return on the south side of the building.

Contact Information

5600 NW 122nd Street

Oklahoma City, OK

73142

Phone: (405) 606-3580

Hours of Operation

Monday - Thursday 9am - 9pm

Friday 9am - 6pm

Saturday 9am - 5pm

Sunday 1pm - 6pm

Services

  • Technology
    • Public use computers with internet access and printing capabilities
    • Mobile and offsite printing
    • Free WiFi
    • Color copy machine with outbound fax and scan capability
  • Collection
    • Self-serve holds shelf and a self-check machine
    • 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
    • Personalized reader's advisory service
    • Tours and instruction in the use of library resources, school group visits welcome (by appointment)
  • Spaces
    • Teen area
    • Comfortable reading lounge adjacent to outdoor patio
    • Children’s area with interactive literacy center and children’s outdoor patio
    • Study rooms - Free (reservations required)
    • Meeting rooms - Cost (reservations required)

Upcoming Events

Aliens Among Us

June 19, 2019
3:00pm - 4:00pm
Northwest Library
Library Branch: Northwest Library
Room: Meeting Room AB (Northwest)
Age Group: Kids
Program Type: Cultural Experiences, Science & STEAM
Event Description:
Jelly-like skin, glowing bodies, too many legs to count! We’re not talking about extraterrestrials but the aliens among us! Join us as we explain the bizarre bodies of animals right here on our own planet. While you are here, don't forget to check ...

Wild About Science

June 20, 2019
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Northwest Library
Registration
Library Branch: Northwest Library
Room: Meeting Room B (Northwest)
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Science & STEAM
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 5
Event Description:
Love science? Then come celebrate it with us in this experiment themed party that will have fun hands-on activities for you to explore, create, mix, and maybe even snack on! ...

Commission Meeting

June 20, 2019
3:30pm - 5:00pm
Northwest Library
Library Branch: Northwest Library
Room: Meeting Room A (Northwest)
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Commission Meetings
Event Description:
Metropolitan Library Commission of Oklahoma County Monthly Meeting Click to view Agenda ...

Wild About Crafts: Indigo Shibori Tie Dye

June 20, 2019
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Northwest Library
Registration
Library Branch: Northwest Library
Room: Meeting Room B (Northwest)
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Registration Required
Waitlist Seats Remaining: 7
Event Description:
Do you enjoy DIY design? Join us for our Shibori Tie Dyeing Class where we will demonstrate techniques that will allow you to produce different designs on fabric. So what's Shibori? Shibori is an ancient Japanese dyeing technique in which cloth is...

Family Playtime/Storytime

June 20, 2019
6:30pm - 7:15pm
Northwest Library
Library Branch: Northwest Library
Room: Program Room (Northwest)
Age Group: Birth-PreK
Program Type: Books & Reading
Event Description:
For children 1 to 5 years old and their families : Come play together at the library! Different centers will be set up for families to move around and explore. We will wrap up playtime with a short storytime....

Reading Buddies

June 24, 2019
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Northwest Library
Library Branch: Northwest Library
Room: Program Room (Northwest)
Age Group: Kids
Program Type: Books & Reading, Continuing Education
Event Description:
Want to be a better reader? Simply read! Reading for just 20 minutes a day is guaranteed to improve your reading skills. Children will read one-on-one with volunteers and play word games. We can help your reading score soar!...