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Saying Goodbye

Sign demolition

On the afternoon of February 24, Library Commissioners, County Commissioners, Tulsa Library Trust members, donors and friends gathered to say goodbye to the last remaining sign of the old Central Library.  Within seconds after the signal was given by Library CEO Gary Shaffer, the Central Library sign at the corner of 5th Street and Denver was brought down.  See the complete demolition in the attached video.

Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation Education and Ideation Center

Education center concept

The renovated Central Library will feature the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation Education and Ideation Center, a place where children and teens learn as well as engage and create. This will be a center for ideation where young minds will be cultivated and adult educators will come together to help solve the unique challenges they are experiencing in their classrooms, schools and districts.

The Dig

Basement demolition

The photo shows equipment in the lower basement where the slab has been cut to accommodate new underground plumbing.  Upstairs, demolition of elevator door frames and plaster in the stairways continues.  With the security fence in place, demolition can begin on the planters at the south end of the library.

A Sign of Progress

Sign demolition

The exterior library sign at the north end of the Central Library was recently removed.  The demolition of the loading dock was completed and the removal of the river rock panels continues on the exterior.  Inside, the demolition of stairs and the elevators will make way for new ones soon.

Supporting The Central Library Renewed Project is as Easy as Swiping Your Debit Card

OCCU Visa Card

Tulsa City-County Library and Oklahoma Central Credit Union are teaming up to offer "My Tulsa Library Community Card," featuring an artist rendering of the renewed Central Library (see card image on the left).  Each time the card is used, a donation will be made to the Central Library Renewed capital campaign.

The Visa Debit Card is available with an Oklahoma Central Credit Union checking account and provides members access to their funds without writing a check.  There are no annual fees and it can be used anywhere Visa is accepted.

Empty and Ready to Go

2nd and 3rd floors looking toward staircase

Construction at the Central Library is scheduled to begin this month.  Demolition is complete and areas like that shown in the photo present a clean slate to begin work.  You can help support the renovation by purchasing a "Libraries Change Lives" bracelet or license plate from the library's online Gift Shop.  Donation boxes are also available at every library location.

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