Hardesty, Martin, Rudisill & Zarrow Regional Libraries will open at 10 a.m. on Monday. All other libraries will open at their regular times.
For the computer user, Suburban Acres has 20 computers.
There is one meeting room which holds 50 chairs.
The walls of the library are accented with Kente and Adinkra fabrics and groupings of traditional carved masks and artifacts from several African countries.
Suburban Acres Library is an Afterschool Homework Help Center. The Afterschool Homework Help Center site is provided with funding support through OK Serves AmeriCorps.
As one of the most recognized buildings in the area, the Suburban Acres Library still remains a premier neighborhood attraction for its residents. With just 4,200 square feet to house its collection and a 99-year lease with Tulsa Public Schools, the Suburban Acres Library opened its doors in 1963. Adjacent to the now closed Alcott Elementary School, the library is viewed as a safe place for neighborhood youths. The library became a hub for the neighborhood by serving its many families, schools, and businesses. In the early years of operation the Suburban Acres Library was one of the locations that was headquarters for the Bookmobile. Librarians at Suburban Acres Library include Helen Norvell, Juanita Bryden, Ina Lee Weathers Mullings, Beverly Hogan Joyce, Angeline Welch, Linda Bayley, Ruby Duckett, Marilou Marler, Mark Goetz, Ava Nurse, and Sherrie Wallace (current manager).
After 35 years of valued service, the library received a much needed renovation and expansion thanks to the successful passing of the countywide bond in 1998. During construction, the library served customers from a temporary site in the Gibb’s Shopping Center (now Zion Plaza). After nine months of construction work, the newly renovated building re-opened to an excited community. With an additional 2,500 sq. ft., bright paint colors, and African inspired art and wall hangings, the library makes a bold statement to the customers that use the building. Also, a new meeting room, fireplace, main entrance, additional computers, parking and restrooms made the Suburban Acres Library a jewel in a very appreciative community. In 2008-2009, additional improvements introduced a new lobby, totally renovated restrooms and an updated look to the paint scheme inside the building. The new colors bring more warmth and a more inviting atmosphere to the building which is the feel that the Suburban Acres Library wants to continue to offer its valued community. The spring of 2012 was the perfect time for an addition of outdoor seating with a bench installed for customers to enjoy. 2012 saw the library take a step towards saving the planet with a new recycling bin for the community to utilize. The addition of new equipment in the winter of 2012 introduced library user’s to self–checking that allows for no wait service. The year 2013 will be the centennial year for Suburban Acres with plans underway for a Centennial Celebration in November 2013.