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.

Services

    Technology

    • Public use computers with 60-minute internet access and printing capabilities
    • Mobile and offsite printing
    • 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

Contact Information

2000 NE 23rd Street

Oklahoma City, OK

73111

Phone: (405) 424-1437

Curbside Hour & Public Computer Hours

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



Upcoming Events

Summer Reading 2020

All Day6/1 - 7/31
Library Online
Library Branch: Library Online
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Books & Reading
Event Description:
It's time to Imagine Your Story by registering for Summer Reading 2020!  This summer participate in our annual Summer Reading Program for all ages.  You'll have opportunities to earn points throughout the summer to help us reach o...

LitFest Online

All Day7/1 - 7/31
Library Online
Library Branch: Library Online
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Writing
Event Description:
Join us for our 3rd annual LitFest! Writers of all ages, skill levels, mediums, and genres are welcome. Enjoy the opportunity to learn from industry professionals on a variety of topics, all online, all at your own pace. ...

Sundays Together Online

July 5, 2020
2:00pm - 3:00pm
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...

Neighborhood Arts: RACE Dance Collective

July 6, 2020
3:00pm - 4:00pm
Library Online
Library Branch: Library Online
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Cultural Experiences, Live Performances & Entertainment
Event Description:
Move to the Groove of Hip Hop with Race Dance Collective. Watch - Learn - Dance with us. Schedule of RACE Dance Performances: Premieres on Facebook, YouTube, IGTV July 6 – 3pm  Facebook Live, YouTube Live July 8 – ...

Hamilton Sing-a-long

July 6, 2020
6:00pm - 8:30pm
Library Online
Registration
Library Branch: Library Online
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Cultural Experiences, Film & Movies, Live Performances & Entertainment
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 0
Event Description:
Join us Monday, July 6th for as we watch and sing along to the hit Broadway show Hamilton. During this virtual zoom program, we will all press play together while we live chat about the show. ...

LitFest Online: Marisa Mohi

July 6, 2020
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Library Online
Library Branch: Library Online
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Writing
Event Description:
Join Oklahoma Author, Marisa Mohi, as she guides you on the process of growing your online platform. Discover practical tips and tricks for managing an editorial calendar and creating engaging and enriching online content.   About Mar...

Online Storytime

July 7, 2020
9:30am - 10:30am
Library Online
Library Branch: Library Online
Age Group: Birth-PreK, Kids
Program Type: Books & Reading, Storytimes
Event Description:
Join us for a storytime at your library online! This storytime will be on Facebook Live every Tuesday.  Skilled librarians will introduce little ones to the magic of stories and share invaluable information on reading readiness with pare...

Silver Sneakers Online

July 7, 2020
11:00am - 12:00pm
Library Online
Registration
Library Branch: Library Online
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Health & Wellness
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 328
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.