Past, Present and Future: The Tulsa City-County Library

Concept for the main entry

It used to be that when you went to a book repository you had to look up a book in a catalog or index, then go up to a librarian and make a request for him or her to retrieve it for you.

In 1965, the Tulsa City-County Library reformed our idea of what a library is, becoming one of the first in the nation to use today's standard of browsing books in an "Open Library."

Today, the library continues to serve all members of the community, serving as a gateway to resources for students, young and old, families, community groups, entrepreneurs and large businesses. 

As our culture continues to evolve in the way we learn and gather as a community, this video unveils the concept design for Central Library that the architects of MS&R (Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle, Ltd., and associate architect Crafton Tull Associates, Inc., created for reinvigorating Tulsa City-County Library for the next 50 years.

Video Produced by Ryan Siemers


One of the most important resources at the Central Library is the extensive magazine and newspaper collection. We are so lucky in that The Tulsa Central Library has one of the most extensive magazine and newspaper collections in the country. Despite the tremendous cuts to the newspaper collection, we in Tulsa are lucky to have one of the best print collections around. I and many people I know read the extensive out-of-town newspapers. While the databases are good for research, they do not offer the pictures or graphs and, in many cases, most of the articles are not available on the databases. We are lucky in that we can come to Central Library and read the newspapers. From Salt Lake City to Anchorage, Alaska. From Toronto, Canada to New Orleans, Seattle, Moscow, Omaha, Raleigh, etc. we are able to travel around the world from the comfort and convenience of the Central Library. My hope is this collection will still be available at the Librarium after August 30. While I realize space will be at a premium at the new librarium, most fiction and non fiction books/DVDs can be transferred to other libraries by request. The research/periodical collection cannot. If there is not enough space to transfer the entire magazine/newspaper collection, would we still be able to request from an offsite location? I and many others, rely on our extensive periodical collections and hope we do not have to wait two years to keep using this important resource. I am so proud of our library and thank you for offering the world to the citizens of Tulsa County.

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