When will Central Library Re-Open?
A Grand Opening Ceremony will be held Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016 followed by activities for all ages throughout the library! Enjoy tours of the new facility, demonstrations in the Maker Space and Digital Literacy Lab, family activities in the Tandy Children's Garden and more! Regular library services will also be available to customers after the Ceremony -- login on a library computer or access the library's free WiFi on your own device, check out books and DVDs, or book a small study room for school work.
Where are Central's materials?
Central Library's books, magazines, DVDs, music CDs, government materials and more are all in the process of being moved back into the library and organized on their new shelves. Over 50,000 new items were ordered for Central Library and will be available for check out at the Grand Opening on Saturday, Oct. 1 and thereafter.
What changes are being made to Aaronson Auditorium?
While Aaronson Auditorium is a historic homage to Alfred E. Aaronson who helped create the library system and build Central Library, it is also a much-used community resource for programs featuring authors and artists, Town Hall meetings led by city leaders, and a venue for community organizations.
Renovation of Aaronson Auditorium includes:
- Squared-off walls to offer more space for programs and events.
- Classroom seating capacity for 200.
- Exposed original concrete waffle ceiling.
- Carpeted floor and sound-suppression wall-covering.
- Two entries – the east entry most library customers are familiar with and a new entry from the west connecting directly to the new parking garage.
- Customers can park in the new garage and walk through the enclosed walkway to enter and exit the auditorium through the west entry to attend for programs that may start or end when the library itself is closed.
- A new set of washrooms shared by Aaronson Auditorium and the Tandy Children’s Garden is located in the new west foyer.
How large is the A.R. and Marylouise Tandy Children's Garden?
This amazing new outdoor space is surrounded by the west wall of the library and the east wall of the new parking structure. A combination of grass and concrete pavers, the garden will be 58 feet by 150 feet -- slightly larger than one and a half basketball courts!
Due to Oklahoma's odd weather patterns, the library is planning activities, events and programs to be held throughout the year in the garden. Picture kids in December during school holidays burning off energy with a hula hoop marathon or any time of the year, paper airplane flight contests from the balcony leading down into the garden to help them learn about wind patterns. And on beautiful days, adults will enjoy programs on books and music, offering fun and educational respite from a busy day.
How large are the new exterior panels?
New exterior panels were installed in August (2015). The panels are made of Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete (GFRC) and are 7 feet 6 inches wide and vary in height between 16 feet 4 inches on the Plaza side (south) and up to 26 feet 2.5 inches on the Tandy Children's Garden side (west).
The larger panels weigh approximately 2,800 pounds; the small panels 1,600 pounds.
What will be Central Library's hours of operation?
- Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
- Friday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
- Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
- Sunday, 1-5 p.m.
How many meeting rooms will be available?
Prior to closing, between 7,000-9,000 people from nonprofit agencies, Toastmasters, local associations and societies, and city and county government offices utilized Central Library's three meeting rooms.
When it re-opens, Central Library will boast over a dozen meeting rooms of various shapes and sizes:
- Aaronson Auditorium on the Lower Level (formerly 1st floor)
- Mary K. Chapman Children's Meeting Room on 1st floor
- Large Group Study Rooms on the 2nd & 3rd floors, two on each floor
- Small Study Rooms on the 2nd floor, eight rooms
- Computer Lab on the 3rd floor
Where will library customers park?
The library is erecting a new library-use dedicated parking facility located to the west of the library with an automated entrance, payment, and exit system.
The garage will boast 143 parking spaces with a discounted parking rate for library customers and several designated preferred parking spaces for low-emitting and fuel-efficient vehicles.
An elevator, located at the southeast corner of the structure will be climate-controlled.
Two enclosed and climate-controlled bridges will connect the garage to the library at the 1st floor (formerly the 2nd floor) and at the Lower Level entrance to Aaronson Auditorium and to the A.R. and Marylouise Tandy Foundation Children's Garden.
Safety features include LED lighting and an emergency call station.
The garage will be secured after library business hours when not open to provide parking for other downtown entertainment functions.
Will Central Library offer free WiFi?
Free WiFi will be available throughout all interior spaces including Starbucks and all library meeting rooms. Outside the library, customers will be able to access free WiFi from the Starbucks patio and the Children's Garden.