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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.
by Matt Patterson Modified: September 25, 2012 at 9:57 pm •  Published: September 26, 2012

Wayland said those areas are important in keeping libraries relevant to a younger generation.

“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.

by Matt Patterson
Reporter
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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