For the computer user, Suburban Acres has 20 computers.
There is one meeting room which holds 50 chairs.
The walls of the library are accented with Kente and Adinkra fabrics and groupings of traditional carved masks and artifacts from several African countries.
Suburban Acres Library is an After-School Homework Club location. The After-School Homework Club is provided with funding support through OK Serves AmeriCorps.
Suburban Acres Library has introducted a new concept in library services to Tulsa County library users and are now one of three Seed Libraries in the city. There are seed packets available for check at these library service desks with a limit being 5 seeds per check out. Seed packets will rotate bi-annually to accomodate the season. Seed packets can be requested and routed to any library in the system for pick up. More information is available via the link below:
As one of the most recognized buildings in the area, the Suburban Acres Library remains a premier neighborhood attraction for its residents. With just 4,200 square feet to house its collection and a 99-year lease with Tulsa Public Schools, the Suburban Acres Library opened its doors in 1963. Adjacent to the newly established McLain 7th Grade Center (previously Alcott Elementary School), the library is viewed as a safe place for neighborhood residents both young and old. The library became a hub for the neighborhood by serving its many families, schools, and businesses. In the early years of operation the Suburban Acres Library was one of the locations that was headquarters for the Bookmobile. Librarians at Suburban Acres Library include Helen Norvell, Juanita Bryden, Ina Lee Weathers Mullings, Beverly Hogan Joyce, Angeline Welch, Linda Bayley, Ruby Duckett, Marilou Marler, Mark Goetz, Ava Nurse, and Sherrie Wallace (current manager).
In 1998, after 35 years of valued service, the library received a much needed renovation and expansion thanks to the successful passing of a countywide bond. During construction, the library served customers from a temporary site in the old Gibb’s Shopping Center. After nine months of construction work, the newly renovated building re-opened to an excited community. With an additional 2,500 sq. ft., bright paint colors, and African inspired art and wall hangings, the library makes a bold statement to the customers that use the building. A new meeting room, fireplace, main entrance, additional computers, parking and restrooms made the Suburban Acres Library a jewel in a very appreciative community. In 2008-2009, additional improvements introduced a new lobby, an additional restroom, renovated restrooms and an updated look to the paint scheme inside the building. The new colors brought more warmth and a more inviting atmosphere to the building which is the feel that the Suburban Acres Library wants to continue to offer its valued community. The spring of 2012 was the perfect time for an addition of outdoor seating with a bench installed for customers to enjoy. The 2012 year saw the library take a step towards saving the planet with a new recycling bin for the community to utilize. The addition of new equipment introduced library user’s to self–checking (2012) that allows for no wait service as well as an individual AWE PC Station specifically for the young techie (ages 1-5). In November 2013, Suburban Acres Library celebrated fifty (50) years of service to their North Tulsa community (specifically) with special programs and events held in honor of the momentus occassion. The future looks bright for the Suburban Acres Library and those served with a sincere invitiation to all to stop by and visit.