Please remember the following key points as you talk with your friends, family, co-workers and City Councilors about the importance of including Central Library in the City of Tulsa’s new capital improvement funding plan.
Thank You, City Leaders, for Your Vision and Support
- In 1961, Tulsa voters made an important investment in their future when they voted to approve a new Central Library and several branches.
- We applaud your leadership to continue this tradition and thank you for your belief in literacy and education for our community.
The Time is NOW to Invest in Central Library
- At nearly 50 years old, Central Library hasn’t had any significant upgrades since it opened.
- Staff and volunteers have done a remarkable job making the building last this long but it is well-loved, well-used and in need of improvements.
Public Investment Encourages Private Support
- Private donors are more willing to support a public entity when they see the proper mix of public/private funding.
- A $10 million investment from Tulsa’s capital improvement package assures a 50/50 public/private funding ratio.
- A $10 million investment from the City will return $5 in value for every $1 the City contributes.
The New Building will serve the 21st Century Customer
- More and more, we all want to access information digitally.
- We also want to create our own information AND share it with others, in person and online.
- The new building will serve the 21st century customer with new exciting services to convene, collaborate and create.
- To meet these needs, Tulsa must embrace the library of tomorrow – exactly what our plan calls for.
The Remodel Creates Efficiencies
- Central Library’s electrical consumption is currently 2,472,690 kWh’s, yet after the remodel it will be around 1,454,660 kWh’s – the yearly average usage of 56 Oklahoma homes.
- Water savings after the remodel is expected to save 91,000 gallons, which equals the yearly average usage of 16 Oklahoma homes.
- Gas usage will be 50% less per year, or the equivalent of 90 Oklahoma homes.