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
    • Book a Meeting Room 
  • Special Collections
    • Black History Collection
  • Miscellaneous
    • General Information Bulletin Board
    • Job Information Center

Upcoming Events

Adult Basic Reading

April 25, 2019
9:30am - 11:30am
Ralph Ellison Library
Library Branch: Ralph Ellison Library
Room: Meeting Room B (Ralph Ellison)
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Continuing Education
Event Description:
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Anime/Manga Club

April 25, 2019
4:00pm - 5:30pm
Ralph Ellison Library
Library Branch: Ralph Ellison Library
Room: Meeting Room B (Ralph Ellison)
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Cultural Experiences

Math, Science and Reading Enrichment

April 25, 2019
4:00pm - 6:30pm
Ralph Ellison Library
Library Branch: Ralph Ellison Library
Room: Open Study Area (Ralph Ellison)
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Continuing Education, Science & STEAM
Event Description:
Our tutors are here to help with homework, exam prep, ACT/SAT Prep and more. All ages, all levels, all welcome!...

Children Reading To Dogs

April 25, 2019
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Ralph Ellison Library
Library Branch: Ralph Ellison Library
Room: Children's Area (Ralph Ellison)
Age Group: Kids, Birth-PreK
Program Type: Child Development & Parenting, Books & Reading

Quilting Club

April 26, 2019
11:00am - 3:00pm
Ralph Ellison Library
Library Branch: Ralph Ellison Library
Room: Meeting Room A (Ralph Ellison)
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Arts & Crafts

Teen Advisory Board

April 26, 2019
3:00pm - 4:30pm
Ralph Ellison Library
Library Branch: Ralph Ellison Library
Room: Meeting Room B (Ralph Ellison)
Age Group: Teens

Quilting Club

April 29, 2019
11:00am - 3:00pm
Ralph Ellison Library
Library Branch: Ralph Ellison Library
Room: Meeting Room A (Ralph Ellison)
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Arts & Crafts

Poetry Reading

April 29, 2019
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Ralph Ellison Library
Library Branch: Ralph Ellison Library
Room: Meeting Room B (Ralph Ellison)
Age Group: Teens, Adults
Program Type: Cultural Experiences, Books & Reading
Event Description:
Open Mic Poetry Night April is National Poetry Month! 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 ...