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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

Rainbow Collage Take Home Kit

All Day8/2 - 8/8
Ralph Ellison Library
Library Branch: Ralph Ellison Library
Room: Online (Ralph Ellison)
Age Group: Kids
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, DIY & Hobbies, Take Home Kit
Event Description:
Rainbows are proof there is magic in the world! Use this take home kit to make your own collage rainbow and your very own little slice of magic! This kit contains everything you need to collage your very own cardboard cut out rainbow! Take ...

Disclaimer(s)

Warning: Kit contains small parts that could represent a choking hazard. It is not intended for children under 3. It is encouraged that an adult supervise children while using this Metropolitan Library System Take & Make Bag.

It is encouraged that an adult supervise children while using this Metropolitan Library System Take & Make Kit.

Fairy Tale Castle Hanging Picture

8/9 @ 9:00am
to
8/16 @ 4:00pm
Ralph Ellison Library
Library Branch: Ralph Ellison Library
Room: Online + Curbside (Ralph Ellison)
Age Group: Birth-PreK, Kids
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Books & Reading
Event Description:
You can still enjoy the Summer-Reading theme of "Tails and Tales" by making a castle picture to hang on your wall! You'll also get a dragon bookmark, some activity sheets, a Three Little Pigs story, and a reading list to for more fun and learning. P...

Disclaimer(s)

It is encouraged that an adult supervise children while using this Metropolitan Library System Take & Make Kit.

LitFest: Evolution of Urban Fantasy Q&A with Seanan McGuire

August 10, 2021
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Library Online
Library Branch: Library Online
Age Group: Teens, Adults
Program Type: Author Events, Books & Reading, Careers & Jobs, Writing
Event Description:
The world of publishing is constantly changing. The popularity of genres ebb and flow. Join best-selling author, Seanan McGuire, as she answers all of your questions on writing and the evolution of Urban Fantasy. This is one of many events happen...

LitFest: Anthologies (with Dahlia Adler & Shaun David Hutchinson)

August 12, 2021
11:00am - 12:00pm
Library Online
Library Branch: Library Online
Age Group: Teens, Adults
Program Type: Author Events, Books & Reading, Writing
Event Description:
Join authors Dahlia Adler (COOL FOR THE SUMMER) and Shaun David Hutchinson (A COMPLICATED LOVE STORY SET IN SPACE) as we discuss anthologies on Facebook! Anthologies have become a popular choice for readers, especially in the Young Adult genre. Antho...

Disclaimer(s)

Be Advised:  This program may be photographed and/or videotaped for publicity purposes.

By Attending, you consent:  To the use of your voice and likeness in future publicity uses that contain content from this event. If you do not wish to be on camera, please let us know.

For more information visit our Photography & Video Disclaimer

Teen Book Hotline

August 13, 2021
12:00pm - 12:30pm
Library Online
Library Branch: Library Online
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Books & Reading
Event Description:
Ring ring! Join Emily and Shelbie on Instagram Live for the Teen Book Hotline, where we share YA book recommendations. This month, we'll tell you all about some great new graphic novels! Follow the library on Instagram @metrolibraryok and load up ...

LitFest: Creating and Marketing Digital Content

August 15, 2021
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Library Online
Library Branch: Library Online
Age Group: Teens, Adults
Program Type: Business & Finance, Careers & Jobs, Writing
Event Description:
Have you been struggling to create an online presence? Do you want to learn how to promote your work on Amazon, Instagram, or even TikTok? Join writer and creative coach, Marisa Mohi, to learn the tips and tricks you need to get a following and make ...

Bookish- Teen Subscription Box

August 16, 2021
6:00am - 11:45pm
Ralph Ellison Library
Registration
Library Branch: Ralph Ellison Library
Room: Online + Curbside (Ralph Ellison)
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Books & Reading, Take Home Kit
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 3
Event Description:
Have you been seeing those subscription boxes pop up everywhere? Well, good news for teens. Get a teen-centered book box at the library! Included in the boxes will be a book, a treat and something special! You get to keep everything in the box! Regis...

Disclaimer(s)

We can only guarantee one kit per registration.  Please register individually to ensure that kits are appropriately distributed.  Special notes should not be used for additional registrations.

Thank you for your help!

Registration
Library Branch: Library Online
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Book Clubs, Books & Reading, Writing
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 34
Event Description:
This online book discussion will compare passage's from Sam Anderson's Boom Town with excerpts from other historical accounts and primary sources. Attendees will examine and discuss the choices Anderson made in his version of OKC's story. While a pre...

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.