Belle Isle Library in Oklahoma City celebrates 50 years

Belle Isle Library in Oklahoma City celebrates its 50th anniversary.
by Matt Patterson Modified: October 2, 2013 at 10:49 am •  Published: October 3, 2013

The Belle Isle Library is a place that houses books, CDs and other media, but to branch manager Priscilla Doss and the library's loyal patrons, it has become a second home of sorts.

The library's 50th anniversary was celebrated Monday. Doss started there as manager in 1987. The building hasn't changed much, and neither has its popularity with those who visit.

“It's a community library that's very convenient for people to get here,” she said. “We have the neighborhood people, but we get a lot of people from all over town.”

The library opened in 1963, and its architecture reflects that. From above, the round structure looks much like the Millennium Falcon from the “Star Wars” films. Over the years, the materials have changed. There are no more vinyl records or 8-track tapes available for checkout, but the mission remains the same.

“I have a lot of people who say ‘I grew up around here, this is my library,'” Doss said. “They like it because they came here as kids — or parents like it because they brought their kids here. Some people are nostalgic about this library. And we're glad they keep coming. That's what we're here for.”

by Matt Patterson
Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun....
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