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Oklahoma City's Downtown Library offers something for everyone

The Downtown Library caters to a diverse group of individuals — everyone from homeless people looking for jobs or shelter to business professionals who stop by during lunch. With more than 173,000 resources, the library has something for everyone, the manager of library operations said.
By Darla Slipke Modified: October 12, 2010 at 1:36 pm •  Published: August 22, 2010
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/articleid/3485738/1/pictures/1099454">Photo - Library visitors, seen from the fourth floor of the Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library, read while seated in the library's lobby  on Tuesday, May 4, 2010, in downtown Oklahoma City, Okla. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
Library visitors, seen from the fourth floor of the Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library, read while seated in the library's lobby on Tuesday, May 4, 2010, in downtown Oklahoma City, Okla. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

She encouraged anyone who has not been in a while to stop by.

Denise Slattery, of northwest Oklahoma City, volunteers in the genealogy department on Saturdays. She spends a few hours every other weekend documenting obituaries or helping people research their family history. Slattery said she enjoys the open feel of the building.

"When the sun comes in, everything is lit up," Slattery said. "It's very nice."

Library staff members do everything they can to incorporate as many people and interests as possible, Slattery said.

Jerry Stephens, of Edmond, visits the library every Saturday morning with his wife. Stephens enjoys attending book discussions and musical performances. If the library doesn't have what he's looking for, staff members are always willing to consider getting it, Stephens said.

"I think people fail to appreciate how good our local library is," Stephens said. "Oklahoma City is really fortunate to have such a great library system."


Oklahoma City libraries and extension libraries:

-Belle Isle Library, 5501 N Villa

-Capitol Hill Library, 334 SW 26

-Downtown Library, 300 Park Ave.

-Northwest Library, 5600 NW 122 (will open in 2011)

-Ralph Ellison Library, 2000 NE 23

-Southern Oaks Library, 6900 S Walker

-Wright Library, 2101 Exchange

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