Attention:

The Village Library parking lot is currently under construction. The library is open for business and curbside pickup is available all day.

The Ralph Ellison Library is open reduced hours for Grab & Go service! We are open Mon-Sat from 9a-5p and Sun 1p-6p.

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.

 

Learn more about Ralph Ellison Library’s history and celebration of 100 years of service in northeast Oklahoma City

 

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 (While in most cases the mobile print jobs should arrive within a few minutes, we have seen waits as high as 45 minutes)
    • Free Wi-Fi
    • Color copy machine with free outbound faxing (to U.S. numbers only) and scanning capability
    • Chromebooks (available to check out on a first-come, first-served basis)
    • Wi-Fi hotspots (available to check out; holds can be placed in our catalog)

    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)
    • Experience Passes for the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, the Oklahoma History Center, and the Museum of Osteology that are first-come, first-served
    • Music keyboard available for guest use. Ask staff for assistance.

    Spaces

    Special Collections

    • Black History Collection

Hours of Operation

Please check the top of this page for notices impacting our hours of operation or services offered.

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



Curbside Hours

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


 

Upcoming Events

Take-Home Kit: Baby Snowy Owls Stamp Painting

All Day12/5 - 12/11
Ralph Ellison Library
Library Branch: Ralph Ellison Library
Room: Online + Curbside (Ralph Ellison)
Age Group: Kids
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Take-Home Kit
Event Description:
Owlets, or baby owls, are little fluff balls covered in soft, white, downy feathers. This take-home kit was inspired by the book Owl Babies by Martin Waddell. In this kit, you will illustrate your own fluffy owlets using a clothespin and po...

Pet Food Pantry

December 9, 2022
11:30am - 12:30pm
Ralph Ellison Library
Library Branch: Ralph Ellison Library
Room: Outdoors (Ralph Ellison)
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Community & Civics, Outdoor Program
Event Description:
The Pet Food Pantry of Oklahoma, Central Oklahoma's Food Bank for Pets, will bring their mobile food pantry to the Ralph Ellison parking lot to give away food for your dog or cat. Food available while supplies last. They plan to bring their van the s...

Teen Book Hotline

December 9, 2022
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. This month's theme is Best of 2022! Follow the library on Instagram @metrolibraryok and load up the app at noon on December 9 to...

Ralph Ellison Winter Open House

December 10, 2022
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Ralph Ellison Library
Cancelled
Library Branch: Ralph Ellison Library
Room: Meeting Room AB (Ralph Ellison)
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Live Performances & Entertainment
Event Description:
Families and children of all ages are invited to drop by the Ralph Ellison Library for an afternoon of wintry fun and activities. With our library partners, the Ralph Ellison Open House will celebrate the power of giving back! Enjoy games, acti...

Stay Active & Independent for Life (SAIL)

December 12, 2022
10:00am - 11:00am
Library Online
Registration
Library Branch: Library Online
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Health & Wellness
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 472
Event Description:
Seniors stay active and independent! SAIL 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 depending on fitness lev...

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.

***Canceled***Quilting & Crafting

December 12, 2022
11:00am - 2:00pm
Ralph Ellison Library
Cancelled
Library Branch: Ralph Ellison Library
Room: Meeting Room A (Ralph Ellison)
Age Group: Teens, Adults
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Description:
Bring your own quilting or other project and get a chance to work on it with like-minded people. They'll even offer advice if asked. Be sure to check out a quilting book from our collection! ...

Tailored Titles Live Reading Recommendations

December 12, 2022
6:00pm - 7:00pm
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. ...

Adult Basic Education Classes (ABE)

December 13, 2022
9:30am - 11:30am
Ralph Ellison Library
Library Branch: Ralph Ellison Library
Room: Online (Ralph Ellison)
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Continuing Education
Event Description:
Improve your reading and other basic skills in this class made possible by Community Literacy Centers. This class meets every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30-11:30am.  Adult Basic Education (ABE) classes focus on reading, writing, ma...