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.
Come and join us on the Bookmobile!
We carry a wide variety of the latest materials for all ages, including books and movies - AND IT'S ALL FREE! All you need is a library card.
You can request items from any Tulsa City-County Library and pick them up at the nearest Bookmobile stop. You can return items from any Tulsa City-County Library to the Bookmobile. You can return Bookmobile items to any Tulsa City-County Library. There are no fines charged on the bookmobile.
The Bookmobile visits 24 sites each month, based on a biweekly schedule.
The Bookmobile also represents the Tulsa City-County Library at community events, across Tulsa County. For more information, please contact Outreach Services at Outreach.Services@tulsalibrary.org or 918.549.7480.
Since 1930, the Tulsa City-County Library has been visiting neighborhoods with its "library on wheels", the bookmobile. Tulsa’s first librarian, Miss Alma McGlenn commissioned a bookmobile — the first one in all of Oklahoma. Pretty soon, the bookmobile was all over Tulsa, going to places where the people were: public parks, shopping centers, schools, and even municipal swimming pools.
By the summer of 1953, four bookmobiles and two trailers were making a total of 20 to 25 stops a week. The summer before, with just two bookmobiles, nearly 40,000 books circulated, with the busiest stop at 21st and Harvard – at that location, readers borrowed 7,490 books during the summer of 1952.
In 1968, the Tulsa City-County Library received a $10,000 grant from the Office of Economic Opportunity to take library services to the “disadvantaged and culturally deprived areas”. The money was used to refurbish a bookmobile so that it featured a full-range stereo system (which librarians used to play “soul music” and other popular records at regular stops), an outside screen for showing 16 mm films, and a “psychedelic” look. There was a contest to name the new bookmobile: "Mod-Mobile" won.
In 1991, the Tulsa City-County Library purchased a new bookmobile. It served the library for 17 years until its replacement arrived, in 2008. The current bookmobile travels more than 500 miles each month visiting 24 sites across Tulsa County.