Fast Facts

At the northeast corner of Central Library near the north entrance is a memorial walk-way and small garden area in honor of Charles Norman, a local attorney and long-time library supporter. Mr. Norman donated hours of legal service to the library and was one of the architects of the "1% for art" ordinance that requires new public building budgets to include 1% of construction costs for the purchase of art. The memorial was designed by Carl Szafranski of Szafranski-Pugh & Associates, Inc., with the middle piece of the mosaic showcasing the letter N for Norman. The blue tile paving pieces create a terrazzo walkway that matches blue tile inside Central Library.
Source Library staff; "Timeless Contribution", TW, 1/10/09; Verified, 9/11. 
 

Central Library construction was completed in 1965. W.C. Roads was the engineer and W.R. Grimshaw was the general contractor. With built-in equipment, the building cost $1,864,111 or $13.76 per square foot. The total cost was $2,735,269. The building had: 135,443 square feet of gross floor area with room to expand another 65,000 square feet; open shelf capacity for 265,000 volumes; closed stack and storage capacity for 250,000 more volumes.

Source Tulsa City-County Library 1912-1991, Okt 027.476686 L125t 1992. 
 

Sankofa is a word from the Akan language which is spoken in southern Ghana. Literally translated, Sankofa means: "We must go back and reclaim our past so we can move forward; so we understand why and how we came to be who we are today."
2006 - Michael Eric Dyson
2008 - Nikki Giovanni
2010 - Pearl Cleage
2012 - Hill Harper

Source Library Staff 
 

2001 - Joy Harjo (Muscogee Creek)
2003 - Vine Deloria, Jr. (Standing Rock Sioux)
2005 - Leslie Marmon Silko (Laguna Peublo)
2007 - Carter Revard (Osage)
2009 - No Award Bestowed
2011 - LeAnne Howe (Choctaw)
2013 - Sterlin Harjo (Seminole/Creek)

Source: Library Staff 
 

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2004 - Charles Chibitty
2006 - Wilma Mankiller
2008 - Neal McCaleb
2010 - Billy Mills
2012 - Kirke Kickingbird

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January 1 (Tuesday) - New Year's Day.
January 21 (3rd Monday in January) - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
February 12 (Tuesday) - Lincoln's Birthday.
February 17 (3rd Monday in February) - Washington's Birthday, or Presidents' Day, or Washington-Lincoln Day.
May 27 (last Monday in May) - Memorial Day, or Decoration Day.
July 4 (Thursday) - Independence Day.
September 2 (1st Monday in September) - Labor Day.
November 11 (Monday) - Veteran's Day.
November 28 (4th Thursday in November) - Thanksgiving.
December 25 (Wednesday) - Christmas Day.
In some states, the following will be legal or public holidays:
October 14 (2nd Monday in October) - Columbus Day, or Discoverers' Day, or Pioneers' Day.
November 5 (1st Tuesday after 1st Monday in November) - Election Day.
Source: Chase's Calendar of Events, p. 614. 
 

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The Resource Sharing Department is located at the Support Services Center. Normal office hours are 7:30 a.m to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The phone number is 549-7395. If the office is closed, you may leave a message on our voice mail.

You may also contact us by email.

Item limits by type are as follows (for most card types)

  • Books — 50 items
  • Video/DVD — 10 items
  • CDs — 10 items

The total number of items checked out may not exceed 50 items

Fines for books, audiobooks, music CDs, DVDs, videos, and Blu-ray discs are $.10 per item per day with a maximum of $2 per item.  Children’s, tween, and teen books and media do not accrue fines. 

Standard replacement costs are as follows:

  • Audiobooks on cassette or CD - $21.00
  • Audiobooks on Playaway - $65.00
  • Circulating books - $21.00
  • Circulating children’s books - $17.00
  • Mass market paperbacks - $7.00
  • CD ROMs - $30.00
  • Videos, DVDs, or Blu-ray discs - $25.00

Actual replacement costs may vary.  Items that are returned missing replaceable pieces, such as DVD or CD cases or  spine labels, may be charged a $5 damaged item processing fee.

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