NOTICE:

All Metro Library locations are now in our "Sit & Stay" stage. Customers can come in to sit and read or use their device in our socially distanced seating, use a study room, or use one of our public computers. Please wear a mask. Click here for more information.

ANNOUNCEMENT:

The Southern Oaks Library will be closed for maintenance beginning Tue, 10/5. During this time, curbside hours will be expanded.

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
    • 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. The vendor is aware of the situation and is working on correcting the issue.
    • Free Wi-Fi
    • 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

Hours of Operation

Monday-Thursday: 9am-8pm
Friday: 9am-6pm
Saturday: 9am-4pm
Sunday: 1-5pm



Curbside Hours

Monday-Friday: 1-6pm
Saturday: 1-4pm
Sunday: 1-5pm



Upcoming Events

Shared Language Poetry Project

All Day10/1 - 10/31
Ralph Ellison Library
Library Branch: Ralph Ellison Library
Room: Online + Curbside (Ralph Ellison)
Age Group: Kids, Teens, Adults
Program Type: Take Home Kit, Writing
Event Description:
Born of a desire to show the similarities and differences among Oklahoma City residents, the Shared Language Poetry Project invites people of all ages to create poetry that is unified by shared words. Using a given list, participants will create poem...

TeenTober: Sticky Note Draw-lloween

All Day10/1 - 10/31
Ralph Ellison Library
Registration
Library Branch: Ralph Ellison Library
Room: Online + Curbside (Ralph Ellison)
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, DIY & Hobbies
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 47
Event Description:
Every October on Twitter and other Social Media platforms, creators give out a daily art prompt. This year, Ralph Ellison, will hold it's own draw-lloween. Pick up a take home kit at the library with sticky notes, daily prompts and some supplies incl...

TeenTober- Nailed It or Failed It Challenge

10/1 @ 8:00am
to
10/31 @ 9:00pm
Ralph Ellison Library
Registration
Library Branch: Ralph Ellison Library
Room: Online + Curbside (Ralph Ellison)
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 28
Event Description:
Have you ever watched the show Nailed It? Well, this is your time to shine. Throughout the month of October teens have the chance to nail it or fail it! You choose the dessert, make that dessert with whatever supplies you have (hint: it doesn't have ...

Summer Volunteer T-Shirt Art Contest

10/1 @ 9:00am
to
10/31 @ 5:00pm
Library Online
Library Branch: Library Online
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Description:
Calling all teens! We need your help designing our teen volunteer t-shirts for Summer Reading 2022. The theme of next summer's program is Oceans of Possibility. The chosen artwork will appear on all teen volunteer t-shirts for next summer. Please ...

Bigfoot Paint by Number Kit

All Day10/18 - 10/24
Ralph Ellison Library
Library Branch: Ralph Ellison Library
Room: Online + Curbside (Ralph Ellison)
Age Group: Teens, Adults
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, DIY & Hobbies, Take Home Kit
Event Description:
Creep into the paranormal with Oklahoma's favorite cryptid, Bigfoot! Did you know that Oklahoma has a Bigfoot Festival at the beginning of October each year? With this kit, you'll get a Bigfoot themed reading list and all the supplies to create a Big...

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.

TeenTober: College Prep Resource Kit

10/18 @ 9:00am
to
10/24 @ 6:00pm
Ralph Ellison Library
Registration
Library Branch: Ralph Ellison Library
Room: Online + Curbside (Ralph Ellison)
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Continuing Education
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 49
Event Description:
Have you ever wondered what it takes to get into college? Where to find scholarship opportunities? What financial assistance there is at all? What job you want for the future? We are here to help! Pick up this take home kit that will answer these que...

CLC Adult Basic Education Classes (ABE 1)

October 19, 2021
9:30am - 11:30am
Ralph Ellison Library
Library Branch: Ralph Ellison Library
Room: Zoom (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...

Genealogy 1-on-1 Appointment

October 19, 2021
10:00am - 11:00am
Library Online
Registration
Library Branch: Library Online
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: DIY & Hobbies
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 0
Event Description:
Looking for clues as to your ancestry? Or do you have specific questions on how to get started with your genealogy research?  We are hosting 1:1 sessions to provide the support and guidance you need for your specific genealogy research needs. ...