Our World – Tulsa’s Renovated Central Library Opens


On Saturday the Tulsa Central Library reopened after a three year renovation. They had speeches and presentations and all that. I missed them, but you and I know what they said probably.


I was happy with what they did. They opened the structure up, added lighting, and all sorts of whiz bank technology. They still have lots of books but the emphasis is more on computers and education now. The days of patrons wandering through the stacks looking for books is over. Most of the books I get from the library are digital downloads to my Kindle or Ipad. If I need a physical book I order it and they deliver to the library of my choice. Plus libraries are storing more of their books offsite in non-public buildings. Lots cheaper than using expensive downtown real estate.


They knocked out the center parts of the second and third floors to give the building a more airy open feel. It works.


Plus they have all sorts of new furniture to facilitate what patrons do these days. The old library had tables with chairs and rows of chairs. Many people bring their laptops and so now they can sit in semi privacy with a laptop table and plugs and a place to stow their backpack.


Or they have these cool chairs. I don’t like semi-privacy cuz I like people watching and listening in their conversations. You better watch what you say when you are around me because I have big ears. I like that the furniture has a midcentury modern “feel” to it in tune with the building it is in.


One of the coolest things are these study spaces that they have extended off the second floor onto the balcony. They are climate controlled and have windows on all four sides, three of them to the outside. They are of various sizes and configurations. I think they are wonderful.


And here is a view of one such study space looking to another. I think these are fabulous.


And speaking of the balcony they have opened it up again and there are more seating out there. What a way to spend a lunchtime in nice weather.


They have computers for the regular clientele plus they have computer education rooms of different types. They have literacy education spaces. It is all pretty exciting.


As for the books they have new undershelf lighting. I don’t know about you but sometimes the lighting is dark in libraries the few times that I have tried to find a book rather than order it.


I got all excited, a card catalog!! Alas, it appears to be a catalog of obituaries from way back when. Remember the good old days of searching through card catalogs and making notes with little stubby pencils on little pieces of paper and then going off to find the book. Yeah, I remember those days and they sucked. Give me a digital search any time!!


See that glass and granite building over there? That is where I work, one block away. I’ll be resuming weekly visits to the library to sit and read, people watch, and listen in on your conversations.

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8 thoughts on “Our World – Tulsa’s Renovated Central Library Opens

  1. Terri

    Wow- tres’ chic!! I’ll probably never see a library like that, but I’m sort of a stick in the mud for walking down the shelves and pulling out books to read a page or two and see if I like it before I check it out. But still, new technology is fantastic! I really like the glass walled spaces- that’s neat.

  2. Barb

    What a fabulous renovation. Yes, I remember that old card catalogue system – glad it’s defunct! Those outdoor spaces and glassed-in areas are wonderful. I’ve never borrowed from the library on my Kindle. Must give it a go.

  3. Driller's Place

    I just saw a facebook post from one of my high school classmates. She won a contest to name the original mascot, “Buddy Bookworm” for the first opening of the library. So glad to see the building being re-

  4. Sallie (FullTime-Life)

    I like it!! Definitely worth waiting for. I read mostly on Kindle, but Bill (who is otherwise technically savvy) likes what he calls a “real” book …. so we use our Library the old-fashioned way too.

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