We're Moving

central library remodel

The Central Library location will close this Friday, August 30th, for a two-year renovation. 

During the renovation, the Tulsa and Oklahoma collection will move to a temporary nonpublic facility at 44th and Sheridan. If your research requires browsing this collection, we will be taking appointments once our move is complete. In the meantime, research staff will continue to offer research services via text, IM, email, and phone.

Roll the Dice!


Forming questions is often very difficult for English language learners. If you have a die (or a pair of dice), you can make a game of asking questions. Assign each number a question word; for example, one is who, two is what, three is where, four is when, five is why, and six is how. Roll the die, and your learner (and/or you) should ask a question using that word. The question and answer may also spark a very interesting conversation.

Go Gentle by Rebecca Howard

“Gentle” is a description used by librarians for books that contain little objectionable material and are generally light, hopeful, and uplifting in tone.  Staples of this genre include Jan Karon’s Mitford Years series, Ann B.

Capital Punishment In Our State: A (Very) Brief History

legal executions in nebraska, kansas and oklahoma

According to the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, Oklahoma exectuted a total of 176 men and 3 women at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary between 1915 and 2011. Eighty-two were executed by electrocution, one by hanging (a federal prisoner), and 96 by lethal injection.

The last execution by electrocution took place in 1966. The first execution by lethal injection in Oklahoma occurred in 1990.

According to R. Michael Wilson, thirty-one men were hanged and thirty-six men were executed by firing squad in Indian Territory between 1840 and 1899.

I'd like to see what was in the national news on the day I was born. Where can I find those headlines?

We have access to a New York Times database that allows you to view the newspaper page by page on any given publication date from 1851- 2003. This resource can be found by selecting the Alphabetical List of Resources in the library's Research and Learn tab. Under the N section of the list, you'll see three entries for the New York Times.