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.
200 parking spaces accommodate large meetings held in the auditorium which seats 200. The Lecture Room has space for 75, and the Conference Room holds 25. These community meeting rooms also have shared kitchen facilities and sound/video capabilities. Online Request for Meeting Room
The Martin Regional Library collection includes 90,000+ items.
The Story Time Room is complete with two castles, a moat, and cloud mobiles.
64 computers are available for public use in the library, including 7 that are Spanish language. 10 checkout laptops for in-library use are also available.
Yes, we have fax service!
Use Tulsa Transit Bus Line #222 to get to the Martin Library.
The Hispanic Resource Center (Centro Hispano)http://tulsalibrary.org/hrc is located inside the Martin Regional Library and contains thousands of items in Spanish and English.
Two important events occurred in Tulsa in 1949. The first – the introduction of television – would have long-term national and international impact. Of more immediate significance to the Tulsa library was the arrival of Allie Beth Martin, an energetic woman who held a library science degree from Columbia University. She had worked in several library systems before moving to Tulsa with her husband Ralph, a physician, and their daughter Betsy.
On January 1, 1963, she was appointed acting director and nine months later she became the first director of the Tulsa City-County Library system. As such Allie Beth Martin occupied a role of leadership, not only locally but in national cultural and library affairs. She served on the advisory board of the National Endowment for the Humanities and in 1971 was named coordinator of the “Goals of Public Library Service” sponsored by the American Library Association and jointly funded by the Council of Library Resources and the National Endowment. She also served as President of the American Library Association, a unique honor among librarians.
The library profession and Tulsa community were shocked and saddened when she became terminally ill and passed away in April 1976. The second regional library, at 2601 S. Garnett, was dedicated as the Allie Beth Martin East Regional Library on August 1, 1976. The square footage for the building was 18,165, the shelving capacity housed 50,000 volumes and the cost for the facility was $675,865.
The words on the memorial plaque described Mrs. Martin’s long service to the community:
Allie Beth Martin dedicated her life to the development of modern library service, focusing on the public library as a center for community education, information, culture and recreation. Her achievements as a community leader, a humanist, an educator, an author, an advocate of the arts and as 1975-76 president of the American Library Association reflect that impact.
In 2002, the Martin Regional Library was expanded to 29,425 square feet. The shelving capacity increased to hold 125,000 volumes and over 50 computers were made available to the public. A new story time room was added which housed two castles, a moat and cloud mobiles. The Hispanic Resource Center and children’s area were expanded and a Learning Center, Computer Lab, study rooms and teen area were added.
Martin Regional Library currently serves as the site for the Asian American Festival held on the first Saturday in June. Weekly programming includes a Job Lab for job seekers, computer classes in both English and Spanish, afterschool events, and both traditional and bilingual story times.
Martin Regional Library Managers: