The Peggy Helmerich Library will be closed temporarily for light renovation. We anticipate the closure to last several weeks. During the closure, any items you have placed on hold will be sent to Hardesty Library.
At the northeast corner of Central Library near the north entrance is a memorial walk-way and small garden area in honor of Charles Norman, a local attorney and long-time library supporter. Mr. Norman donated hours of legal service to the library and was one of the architects of the "1% for art" ordinance that requires new public building budgets to include 1% of construction costs for the purchase of art. The memorial was designed by Carl Szafranski of Szafranski-Pugh & Associates, Inc., with the middle piece of the mosaic showcasing the letter N for Norman. The blue tile paving pieces create a terrazzo walkway that matches blue tile inside Central Library.
Source Library staff; "Timeless Contribution", TW, 1/10/09; Verified, 9/11.
Central Library construction was completed in 1965. W.C. Roads was the engineer and W.R. Grimshaw was the general contractor. With built-in equipment, the building cost $1,864,111 or $13.76 per square foot. The total cost was $2,735,269. The building had: 135,443 square feet of gross floor area with room to expand another 65,000 square feet; open shelf capacity for 265,000 volumes; closed stack and storage capacity for 250,000 more volumes.
Source Tulsa City-County Library 1912-1991, Okt 027.476686 L125t 1992.
Sankofa is a word from the Akan language which is spoken in southern Ghana. Literally translated, Sankofa means: "We must go back and reclaim our past so we can move forward; so we understand why and how we came to be who we are today."
2006 - Michael Eric Dyson
2008 - Nikki Giovanni
2010 - Pearl Cleage
2012 - Hill Harper
Source Library Staff
2001 - Joy Harjo (Muscogee Creek)
2003 - Vine Deloria, Jr. (Standing Rock Sioux)
2005 - Leslie Marmon Silko (Laguna Peublo)
2007 - Carter Revard (Osage)
2009 - No Award Bestowed
2011 - LeAnne Howe (Choctaw)
2013 - Sterlin Harjo (Seminole/Creek)
Source: Library Staff
2004 - Charles Chibitty
2006 - Wilma Mankiller
2008 - Neal McCaleb
2010 - Billy Mills
2012 - Kirke Kickingbird
Source: Library Staff
January 1 (Tuesday) - New Year's Day.
January 21 (3rd Monday in January) - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
February 12 (Tuesday) - Lincoln's Birthday.
February 17 (3rd Monday in February) - Washington's Birthday, or Presidents' Day, or Washington-Lincoln Day.
May 27 (last Monday in May) - Memorial Day, or Decoration Day.
July 4 (Thursday) - Independence Day.
September 2 (1st Monday in September) - Labor Day.
November 11 (Monday) - Veteran's Day.
November 28 (4th Thursday in November) - Thanksgiving.
December 25 (Wednesday) - Christmas Day.
In some states, the following will be legal or public holidays:
October 14 (2nd Monday in October) - Columbus Day, or Discoverers' Day, or Pioneers' Day.
November 5 (1st Tuesday after 1st Monday in November) - Election Day.
Source: Chase's Calendar of Events, p. 614.
The Resource Sharing Department is located at the Support Services Center. Normal office hours are 7:30 a.m to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The phone number is 549-7395. If the office is closed, you may leave a message on our voice mail.
You may also contact us by email.
Item limits by type are as follows (for most card types)
The total number of items checked out may not exceed 50 items
Fines for books, audiobooks, music CDs, DVDs, videos, and Blu-ray discs are $.10 per item per day with a maximum of $2 per item. Children’s, tween, and teen books and media do not accrue fines.
Standard replacement costs are as follows:
Actual replacement costs may vary. Items that are returned missing replaceable pieces, such as DVD or CD cases or spine labels, may be charged a $5 damaged item processing fee.
You may register to receive notices via Library Elf. This service is free.