Brookside Library

Services: 
WiFi
Wireless printing
Checkout laptops for in-library use
Public Access Computers
Meeting Room(s)
Book Club
AWE Early Literacy Computer
Bike Locks
Public Fax
Business Center
FedEx Drop Box
After-School Homework Club

For the computer user, Brookside has 15 public computers and a laptop dispenser with 12 laptops for in-library use, strong wi-fi, a wi-fi bar, and comfy chairs with USB ports. 

We have two Story Time sessions: Babies & Toddlers on Tuesdays at 10:15 and Preschool on Wednesdays at 10:15. 

PAWS for Reading for students is offered once per month and children can read aloud to therapy dogs. 

The Brookside Library houses a small collection of Spanish books for adults and for children.

One meeting room is available and holds 50. Reserve a meeting room online.

This location also has an ongoing book sale.

The Brookside Library showcases a collection of unusual metal sculptures by Tulsa artist Lisa Regan.

Book Club: 
The Brookside Book Discussion group meets on the 2nd Monday of every month from 1:30 to 2:30. No need to pre-register; just come join us for a lively discussion. Call the Brookside Library at 918.549.7507 for a copy of the book.
History: 

“Something new is coming to Tulsa—a lively library” announced the Tulsa Sunday World when the Brookside Library opened on January 19, 1951 in a rented storefront facility at 3516 S Peoria Avenue. It was Tulsa’s first branch library to be in the heart of a shopping center and “a colorful place designed to get the gloom out of library surroundings”. Mrs. Helen Norvell was the branch librarian, followed by Lucile Wallace.

Due to strong neighborhood involvement in the Brookside area, many gifts were made to the new branch. The Garden Club Council requested space for a desk and telephone, as well as a gardening reference book area. This was the precursor for the Garden Center, which would later become a Tulsa landmark in its own facility further north on Peoria.

In 1962, the Brookside branch moved into larger leased quarters at 1311 East 35 th Street, just off Peoria. The new location added 700 square feet of space and provided more room for study space and group activities.

In May, 1967, the Brookside branch moved into its current location at 1207 E 45 th Place. The 3200 sq. ft. brick and glass building was built specifically for the library at a cost of $60,000, and was leased from George Abdo. It was later purchased by Bill Ramsey. The building was almost three times larger than the previous location, but was soon one of the busiest branches in the system. Lucile Wallace retired in 1967. Dessie Buckner was the Librarian from 1970 until her retirement in 1990. Kathy Doss served as Branch Librarian from May 1991 until 2013.  In 2013, Ellen Cummings became the Managing Librarian. Kelly Bayles became the Managing Librarian in 2017.

In 1998 Mr. Ramsey gave the building and surrounding land to the library system and loaned it $400,000 to enlarge the facility, more than doubling its size. The 7200 sq. ft. facility opened in February 1999 with shelving for a collection of 32,000. Designed by Page-Zebrowski, it featured vibrant colors, a decorative canopy and clever metal cut-outs by Lisa Regan. It was embraced by the community immediately, and continues to be a lively library.

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Lisa Regan artwork.
Lisa Regan artwork.
Front entrance.
Front entrance.
North side in Fall
North side in Fall