Public Access Computers
Checkout laptops for in-library use
Public Fax, Scan, & Copy
FedEx Drop Box
After-School Homework Club
Brookside Library serves a vibrant community in Tulsa's popular Brookside district, known for shops, restaurants, entertainment and family recreation at River Parks and the Gathering Place near the Arkansas River. Located at 45th Place and Peoria, Brookside features a variety of programs for all ages and is home to a unique collection of metal sculptures by Tulsa artist Lisa Regan.
For the computer user, Brookside has 16 public computers, 12 laptops for in-library use, strong WiFi, a WiFi bar, and comfortable chairs with USB ports.
Brookside has one meeting room with a capacity of 50. Click here to request a meeting room.
Brookside Library 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 Ave. 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, Brookside Library moved into larger leased quarters at 1311 E. 35th St., 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, Brookside Library moved into its current location at 1207 E. 45th Pl. The 3200 square foot brick and glass building was built specifically for the library at a cost of $60,000 and 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, and Dessie Buckner was the Librarian from 1970 until her retirement in 1990. Kathy Doss became Branch Manager in May 1991.
In 1998 Mr. Ramsey gave the Brookside Library building and surrounding land to the library system, and loaned $400,000 to enlarge the facility, more than doubling its size. The 7200 square foot 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.
Kathy Doss retired in 2013 and was succeeded as Branch Manager by Ellen Cummings. Ellen Cummings served as Branch Manager from 2013 to 2017, and was followed by the current Branch Manager, Kelly Bayles.
Brookside Library After-School Homework Club
The Brookside Library is an After-School Homework Club location. After-School Homework Club offers free one to one homework assistance for students in grades 3-8. Registration for the club is required and more information can be found on the After-School Homework Club page.
At the Brookside Library, the club runs Mondays through Thursdays, 3:30-6:00 p.m.
Brookside Book Discussion
The Brookside Book Discussion group meets on the second Monday of each month at 1:30 p.m. If the second Monday falls on a holiday, the group meets the following Monday. Join us for interesting books and lively discussion! Please note that this program is for adults.
Brookside Library Programs
Build A Reader Storytimes
- Baby & Toddler Storytime: Tuesdays at 10:15 a.m.
- Preschool Storytime: Wednesdays at 10:15 a.m.
- Both Storytimes are followed by Stay & Play.
PAWS for Reading
- Elementary-school kids are invited to read their favorite books to a furry, four-pawed friend.
- Registration is required.
- Monday, Wednesday and Friday 3-5 p.m. during the school year.
- School-age students are invited to join us for crafts, movies, games and more!
Don't forget to check the monthly event guide or our Facebook page for other programs and events at Brookside Library.