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Ralph Ellison Library Undergoing Renovations

Ralph EllisonThe Ralph Ellison Library, 2000 NE 23rd, will be closed from Monday, August 4 through Sunday, August 17, 2008, in preparation for a major renovation project, Metropolitan Library System officials announced today. 

The closing will give library staff time to move the Ralph Ellison collection to a temporary location at 1913 NE 23rd, where it will be housed during the time the renovation is underway.

    “Library services will continue at the temporary location beginning on August 18,” said Kay Bauman, MLS Deputy Executive Director for Library Operations.  “We anticipate that the project will take about a year, and we’re hoping that the renovated Ralph Ellison Library will be ready to open for Summer at the Library 2009.”

While at the new temporary location, the site of the former Hollywood Video store, the library will continue to provide many of the same services, programs and materials.

The expansion, renovation, remodeling of the Ralph Ellison Library was approved by the registered voters of Oklahoma City in the 2000 General Obligation Bond Issue.  The plans for this approximately $2.3 million renovation were designed by Allen Brown of FSB Architects. Although the existing meeting room will be removed, a new 2400 square feet meeting room will be added that will be used for community meetings as well as library programs and events.

The renovation will also include the replacement of current rest rooms and the construction of a new lobby. The library will receive a major upgrade to the mechanical system, and new furniture, carpeting and shelving for library materials will be purchased.

“The library will essentially get a complete overhaul", said Denyvetta Davis, Director of Library Operations.  “We’re very excited about the upgrades to our library,” said Davis.  “We look forward to continuing to be the center of this community, and when we move back into our renovated home next year, the library and staff will be re-energized for our customers.”

The Metropolitan Library System of Oklahoma County includes 12 libraries and five extension libraries.  Libraries include Belle Isle, Capitol Hill, Ralph Ellison, Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library and Southern Oaks in Oklahoma City, as well as Bethany, Choctaw, Del City, Edmond, Midwest City, Village and Warr Acres.  Extensions are located in the communities of Harrah, Jones, Luther and Nicoma Park and include Wright Library in Oklahoma City.  You can also reach us at www.metrolibrary.org