Southern Oaks Library in Oklahoma City reopens
The Southern Oaks Library branch in Oklahoma City had been closed since May 2011 while it underwent significant renovations. It reopened Tuesday.
“Kids are so tech-savvy these days, we need to keep up,” Wayland said. “This is a good way to do that. Libraries are more than just books today. They're computers and Wi-Fi and our new Playaway devices.”
About the project
Southern Oaks was built in 1975. The $2.65 million renovation expanded its size from 16,000 to 20,000 square feet and doubled the number of computers available to visitors to 42. A drive-up book return was added along with renovated restrooms, among other improvements.
The renovation was paid for by a $1.8 million city bond issue passed in 2000. The Metropolitan Library System contributed an additional $850,000.
Since the library had been closed, a temporary branch was opened in the Almonte Shopping Center at 2914 SW 59. Mayor Mick Cornett said that branch will remain open to better serve the library system's patrons.
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