Ralph Ellison Library

Ralph Ellison Library

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.

Contact Information

2000 NE 23rd Street

Oklahoma City, OK

73111

Phone: (405) 424-1437

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
    • 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 outbound fax and scan capability
  • Collection
    • Self-serve holds shelf and a self-check machine
    • Catalog computers dedicated to accessing 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
    • Black History Collection
  • Miscellaneous
    • General Information Bulletin Board
    • Job Information Center

Upcoming Events

Adult Basic Reading

October 17, 2019
9:30am - 11:30am
Ralph Ellison Library
Library Branch: Ralph Ellison Library
Room: Meeting Room B (Ralph Ellison)
Age Group: Teens, Adults
Program Type: Books & Reading, Continuing Education, Reading Help
Event Description:
Adults and teens, ages 16 and older, can improve their reading, spelling, and writing skills in this free class. The class meets twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday and is coordinated by Community Literacy Centers (CLC). For questions or to enrol...

Early Childhood Storytime

October 17, 2019
10:00am - 11:00am
Ralph Ellison Library
Library Branch: Ralph Ellison Library
Room: Meeting Room A (Ralph Ellison)
Age Group: Birth-PreK, Adults
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Books & Reading, Family Programs, Storytimes
Event Description:

Join us for a storytime at your neighborhood library! Skilled librarians will introduce little ones to the library and show parents and caregivers invaluable information on reading readiness and create excitement about reading. Connect with others while enjoying stories, songs, rhymes, fingerplays, and more!

Disclaimer(s)

The library makes every effort to ensure our programs can be enjoyed by all. If you have any concerns about accessibility or need to request specific accommodations, please contact the library.

DIY Beaded Bookmarks

October 17, 2019
1:30pm - 3:00pm
Ralph Ellison Library
Registration
Library Branch: Ralph Ellison Library
Room: Meeting Room B (Ralph Ellison)
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Books & Reading, DIY & Hobbies, Family Programs
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 20
Event Description:
Come make a beautiful book themed beaded book mark as gift for yourself, family member or friend! All materials provided! ...

Disclaimer(s)

The library makes every effort to ensure our programs can be enjoyed by all. If you have any concerns about accessibility or need to request specific accommodations, please contact the library.

Groups of 10 or more are requested to call (405) 231-8650.

Math, Science and Language Arts Enrichment

October 17, 2019
4:30pm - 6:15pm
Ralph Ellison Library
Library Branch: Ralph Ellison Library
Room: Open Study Area (Ralph Ellison)
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Books & Reading, Computers & Technology, Continuing Education, Homework Help, Reading Help, Science & STEAM, Writing
Event Description:
Free, in-person math, science and language arts enrichment and assistance is available for students of all ages. This service is available Tuesdays and Thursdays year round. ...

Grow with Google Computer Basics

October 17, 2019
6:30pm - 7:45pm
Ralph Ellison Library
Registration
Library Branch: Ralph Ellison Library
Room: Meeting Room B (Ralph Ellison)
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Computers & Technology
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 15

Disclaimer(s)

The library makes every effort to ensure our programs can be enjoyed by all. If you have any concerns about accessibility or need to request specific accommodations, please contact the library.

Quilting Club

October 18, 2019
11:00am - 3:00pm
Ralph Ellison Library
Library Branch: Ralph Ellison Library
Room: Meeting Room A (Ralph Ellison)
Age Group: Teens, Adults
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, DIY & Hobbies
Event Description:
Do you enjoy quilting? Would you like to connect with other area quilters? The Ralph Ellison Library’s quilting club meets Mondays and Fridays from 11AM to 3PM. All levels welcome. ...

Fall Festival at Ralph Ellison Library: Bringing Books To Life!

October 19, 2019
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Ralph Ellison Library
Library Branch: Ralph Ellison Library
Room: Meeting Room AB (Ralph Ellison)
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Books & Reading, Community & Civics, Cultural Experiences, Science & STEAM
Event Description:
Fall festival of learning and literary delights! Cosplay welcome.  ...

Disclaimer(s)

The library makes every effort to ensure our programs can be enjoyed by all. If you have any concerns about accessibility or need to request specific accommodations, please contact the library.

Family Art and Storytime

October 19, 2019
1:30pm - 3:00pm
Ralph Ellison Library
Library Branch: Ralph Ellison Library
Room: Children's Area (Ralph Ellison)
Age Group: Kids, Teens, Adults
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Cultural Experiences, Storytimes
Event Description:
Family Arts & Crafts inspired by the stories that make us who we are. Join us as we create amazing, fun projects and crafts to take home! This is a recurring event and takes place on the second Saturday of each month. ...