ANNOUNCEMENT:

The Ralph Ellison Library is providing curbside services only until further notice. Watch our website for updates about Ralph Ellison’s reopening.

NOTICE:

All Metro Library locations are in the "Grab & Go" stage. In this stage, customers can come into a library to use a computer, print/copy/fax/scan, and briefly browse the shelves. Masks are required. 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
    • Mobile and offsite printing (AS OF 8/24/20, UNAVAILABLE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE)
    • Free Wi-Fi
    • MediaSurfers - Check out an iPad (in-library use only) to surf the web, use library services, read magazines and books, check email, use social media, play games and more!
    • 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

Curbside Hours

Monday-Thursday: 9am - 7pm
Friday: 9am - 6pm
Saturday: 9am - 5pm
Sunday: 1 - 5pm


Upcoming Events

Activity Kit: Hand Lettering

All Day9/14 - 10/4
Ralph Ellison Library
Library Branch: Ralph Ellison Library
Room: Online + Curbside (Ralph Ellison)
Age Group: Teens, Adults
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, DIY & Hobbies
Event Description:
Always wanted to up your game when it came to your hand writing? Try our hand lettering kit to get started! Kits are first come, first serve. Feel free to call ahead and check on availability.  ...

Activity Kit: Johnny Appleseed

All Day9/28 - 10/4
Ralph Ellison Library
Library Branch: Ralph Ellison Library
Room: Online + Curbside (Ralph Ellison)
Age Group: Birth-PreK, Kids
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Community & Civics, DIY & Hobbies
Event Description:
Did you know Johnny Appleseed was a real person, not just a legend? Celebrate Johnny Appleseed Day by cutting, attaching, and drawing to make his face on a paper plate. Paper supplies are all provided. Supplies are limited though, so get yours today....

Activity Kit: Yarn Butterflies

All Day9/28 - 10/4
Ralph Ellison Library
Library Branch: Ralph Ellison Library
Room: Online + Curbside (Ralph Ellison)
Age Group: Kids
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, DIY & Hobbies
Event Description:
Take and make a yarn butterfly! Kits include everything needed to make your own yarn butterfly with instructions included.  Kits are first come, first serve. Feel free to call ahead and check on availability.  ...

The Urban Poets

September 28, 2020
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Ralph Ellison Library
Registration
Library Branch: Ralph Ellison Library
Room: Zoom (Ralph Ellison)
Age Group: Teens, Adults
Program Type: Books & Reading, Cultural Experiences
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 92
Event Description:
Open Mic Poetry Night. Are you an amateur, a seasoned poet, or somewhere in between and looking for someplace to express your talent? Local poets have an opportunity to read their own work or just sit and listen to the work of other budding poets. 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.

CUÉNTAME UN CUENTO/ BILINGUAL STORYTIME

September 29, 2020
9:30am - 10:00am
Library Online
Registration
Library Branch: Library Online
Age Group: Birth-PreK
Program Type: Storytimes
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 0
Event Description:
Join us for a storytime at your library online on most Tuesdays. Registered participants will receive a link to the storytime video which they can view anytime during that week. Skilled librarians will introduce little ones to the magic of st...

Stay Active & Independent for Life Online

September 29, 2020
11:00am - 12:00pm
Library Online
Registration
Library Branch: Library Online
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Health & Wellness
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 458
Event Description:
Seniors stay active and independent! Silver Sneakers Classic is designed to increase muscle strength, range of movement and improve activities for daily living. A chair is used for seated exercises and standing support and class can be modified depen...

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.

With the Fire on High - Teen Book Club

September 29, 2020
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Library Online
Registration
Library Branch: Library Online
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Book Clubs
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 11
Event Description:
Teens, join us for a virtual book club discussion about With the Fire On High by Elizabeth Acevedo. The ebook and audiobook are available for immediate download through Hoopla with no waiting: https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/12376975 ...

123! Play with Me at Home!

September 29, 2020
6:30pm - 7:00pm
Library Online
Library Branch: Library Online
Age Group: Birth-PreK, Adults
Program Type: Child Development & Parenting
Event Description:
Join us every week throughout September and early October on social media to learn more about the importance of play and healthy caregiver/child relationships in your child's early development. Each week our skilled Children's Librarians will...