NOTICE:

All Metro Library locations are now in our "Sit & Stay" stage.  In addition to continuing all services from our "Grab & Go" stage, customers can come in to sit and read or use their device in our socially distanced seating, use a study room, or use one of our public computers. Masks are strongly recommended.  Click here for more information.

Ralph Ellison Library

Ralph Ellison Library

Contact Information

2000 NE 23rd Street

Oklahoma City, OK

73111

Phone: (405) 424-1437

About Ralph Ellison Library 

The Ralph Ellison Library opened in its current location in 1975. Named in honor of Oklahoma City native and acclaimed author Ralph Ellison, this library is in one of Oklahoma City’s historically African-American neighborhoods yet serves a diverse group of residents. Customers rely on the library to find basic information about voting, taxes, tutoring, government assistance, and a variety of other fundamental needs. In addition, the library serves a dynamic population of motivated customers ranging from school-age children to young adults and elders in the community.  The Library serves as an essential hub for services, research, programs and events linking members of the larger community to one another.

Book drop location: To the right of entrance.

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 free outbound faxing (to U.S. numbers only) and scanning capability

    Collection

    • Self-serve holds shelf and a self-check machine
    • Catalog computers dedicated to accessing the 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 the use of library resources (by appointment)

    Spaces

    Special Collections

    • Black History Collection

Hours of Operation

Monday-Thursday: 9am-8pm
Friday: 9am-6pm
Saturday: 9am-4pm
Sunday: 1-5pm



Curbside Hours

Monday-Friday: 1-6pm
Saturday: 1-4pm
Sunday: 1-5pm



Upcoming Events

May the Fourth: Star Wars Origami Activity Kit

All Day5/3 - 5/9
Ralph Ellison Library
Library Branch: Ralph Ellison Library
Room: Online + Curbside (Ralph Ellison)
Age Group: All Ages, Kids, Teens, Adults
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Take Home Kit
Event Description:
Celebrate Star Wars day with a fun origami kit! Instructions and paper provided. ...

Disclaimer(s)

It is encouraged that an adult supervise children while using this Metropolitan Library System Take & Make Kit.

Children Reading to Dogs

May 6, 2021
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Library Online
Registration
Library Branch: Library Online
Age Group: Kids
Program Type: Books & Reading, Reading Help
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 2
Event Description:
Want to be a more confident reader? Build "pawsitive" self-esteem and improve your reading skills while reading aloud to certified therapy dogs.   This program is a hybrid of our traditional Children Reading to Dogs program.  We wil...

Disclaimer(s)

This program is designed for children and accompanying adults. Please plan to be in attendance and be engaged with your child for this program. 

This event is an online event offered through video and web conferencing software.  If you register for this program, you will be emailed the link to connect digitally.   Please note, you may need to install an app or computer application to attend this program.  If you have any issues connecting, please reach out to askalibrarian@metrolibrary.org.

Tailored Titles Live Reading Recommendations

May 6, 2021
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Library Online
Library Branch: Library Online
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Books & Reading
Event Description:
Our reading experts are standing by so tell us the last book you liked & we'll suggest what to read next! You can also receive suggestions on Twitter and Instagram. ...

HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training)

May 6, 2021
7:30pm - 8:30pm
Library Online
Registration
Library Branch: Library Online
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Health & Wellness
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 53
Event Description:
Get fit in the comfort of your own home! Join the library and the YMCA for a HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) class. HIIT helps boost metabolism and promotes healthy weight loss and muscle gain. The instructor will provide modifications for th...

Disclaimer(s)

This event is an online event offered through video and web conferencing software.  If you register for this program, you will be emailed the link to connect digitally.   Please note, you may need to install an app or computer application to attend this program.  If you have any issues connecting, please reach out to askalibrarian@metrolibrary.org.

Teen Book Hotline

May 7, 2021
12:00pm - 12:30pm
Library Online
Library Branch: Library Online
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Books & Reading
Event Description:
Ring ring! Join Emily and Shelbie on Instagram Live for the Teen Book Hotline, where we share YA book recommendations. We'll tell you all about the newest sci-fi YA books this month, in honor of Star Wars Reads Day. Follow the library on Inst...

Asian Pacific American Storytime

May 8, 2021
9:00am - 10:00am
Library Online
Library Branch: Library Online
Age Group: Birth-PreK, Kids
Program Type: Books & Reading, Community & Civics, Cultural Experiences, Family Programs
Event Description:
Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Join us on Facebook starting as community member Thi Nguyen shares a Vietnamese language storytime.  My first book of Vietnamese words : a...

Sundays Together Online

May 9, 2021
2:00pm - 2:30pm
Library Online
Library Branch: Library Online
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
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 an art weekly program for the whole family to enjoy. Join us on Facebook Live as we s...

Celebrate Oklahoma Music: Ken Pomeroy

May 11, 2021
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Library Online
Library Branch: Library Online
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Cultural Experiences
Event Description:
Celebrate Oklahoma music by local artists. Follow us on social media as we premiere new videos of songs by local artists written about or inspired by Oklahoma. We've all missed live music during this past year; join us for the next best thing! Thi...