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.
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.
A new Tulsa Central Library Renewed sign has been placed on Denver at 5th Street to inform the public that renovation of the Central Library is underway. It includes a beautiful architectural rendering depicting the main entrance to the library and the new parking garage as they will be seen from 5th Street.
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.
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.
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.