Central Library and the City of Tulsa’s Capital Funding Program

Concept view from Denver Ave and 5th St


Please remember the following key points as you talk with your friends, family, co-workers and City Councilors about the importance of including Central Library in the City of Tulsa’s new capital improvement funding plan.

Thank You, City Leaders, for Your Vision and Support

  • In 1961, Tulsa voters made an important investment in their future when they voted to approve a new Central Library and several branches.
  • We applaud your leadership to continue this tradition and thank you for your belief in literacy and education for our community.

The Time is NOW to Invest in Central Library

  • At nearly 50 years old, Central Library hasn’t had any significant upgrades since it opened.
  • Staff and volunteers have done a remarkable job making the building last this long but it is well-loved, well-used and in need of improvements.

Public Investment Encourages Private Support

  • Private donors are more willing to support a public entity when they see the proper mix of public/private funding.
  • A $10 million investment from Tulsa’s capital improvement package assures a 50/50 public/private funding ratio.
  • A $10 million investment from the City will return $5 in value for every $1 the City contributes.

The New Building will serve the 21st Century Customer

  • More and more, we all want to access information digitally.
  • We also want to create our own information AND share it with others, in person and online.
  • The new building will serve the 21st century customer with new exciting services to convene, collaborate and create.
  • To meet these needs, Tulsa must embrace the library of tomorrow – exactly what our plan calls for.

The Remodel Creates Efficiencies

  • Central Library’s electrical consumption is currently 2,472,690 kWh’s, yet after the remodel it will be around 1,454,660 kWh’s – the yearly average usage of 56 Oklahoma homes.
  • Water savings after the remodel is expected to save 91,000 gallons, which equals the yearly average usage of 16 Oklahoma homes.
  • Gas usage will be 50% less per year, or the equivalent of 90 Oklahoma homes.

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