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

September 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...

Math, Science and Language Arts Enrichment

September 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: Continuing Education, Homework Help, Reading Help
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. ...

LEGO Club

September 18, 2019
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Ralph Ellison Library
Library Branch: Ralph Ellison Library
Room: Meeting Room A (Ralph Ellison)
Age Group: Kids
Program Type: DIY & Hobbies, Science & STEAM
Event Description:
Join other LEGO fans to engineer some fun! Imagine, create, play, and learn as we build with LEGOs. ...

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.

Adult Basic Reading

September 19, 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...

Math, Science and Language Arts Enrichment

September 19, 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: Continuing Education, Homework Help, Reading Help
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

September 19, 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: 14

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

September 20, 2019
11:00am - 3:00pm
Ralph Ellison Library
Library Branch: Ralph Ellison Library
Room: Meeting Room A (Ralph Ellison)
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: 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. ...

Inspired Readers at Ralph Ellison Library Book Club

September 21, 2019
3:00pm - 4:00pm
Ralph Ellison Library
Library Branch: Ralph Ellison Library
Room: Meeting Room A (Ralph Ellison)
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Book Clubs, Books & Reading, Continuing Education, Cultural Experiences
Event Description:

Calling all readers! Looking to build community and challenge yourself to discover new, exciting tales? If so, then look no further! Come meet new friends, read new books, and enjoy lively conversation at your neighborhood library.

Book, article, and/or publication readings and discussions for adults of all ages....

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.