The new Northwest Library

Flashback to December 2004:

Our big worry down here right now is finding places for the two new branch libraries. (We have the funding: the bond issue for them, and for upgrades at three existing branches, passed in 2000.) Right now, residents of far northwest Oklahoma City have to go at least as far as The Village (Pennsylvania north of Britton Road) or Warr Acres (63rd and MacArthur) branches, or to Edmond, and things aren’t much better in the southwest quadrant.

The situation out northwest is now being addressed. City Council this coming week is expected to sign off on the purchase of a four-acre tract at NW 122nd and Glenhurst, east of MacArthur, for $898,730.

The City and the Metro Library System will hold a community meeting on the 16th at Crossings Community Church, 14600 North Portland, from 7 to 9 pm. On the agenda:

Attendees at the meeting will get to hear about the library system’s plans for the library and the approximate location. They will also get to participate in “vision sharing,” which will allow the public to tell library officials what they would like the library to look like — both the exterior and on the inside.

“This is also the time,” said MLS Executive Director Donna Morris, “for residents to share their thoughts about services they would like the library to offer.”

A roof that doesn’t leak would be nice, I think.


  1. McGehee »

    6 October 2007 · 8:59 am

    When we moved to Coweta County in ’99 the only library available to county (as in, non-city) residents was on Newnan’s west side (which actually matters despite the town’s small size, given the goat-path layout of roads hereabouts), but I attended a public meeting about getting a library out in our direction and the people in charge announced that, yes, they were making plans.

    It’s expected to open, I guess early next year. It’ll be interesting to see if what we’re getting will be worth the wait and expense.

  2. CGHill »

    6 October 2007 · 9:48 am

    Metro Library has a twofold service area: residents of Oklahoma County, whether they live in Oklahoma City or not, and residents of Oklahoma City, whether they live in Oklahoma County or not. (If you own property in Oklahoma County, it doesn’t matter where you live, which seems reasonable, since the system is financed by property taxes at the county level.) This works because the municipalities put up the buildings and the county pays for the service.

  3. McGehee »

    6 October 2007 · 10:56 am

    There are (until the new one opens) three libraries in Coweta County, but the ones in Senoia and Grantville, as best I can tell, are meant only for residents of those two towns.

    I don’t fully understand the funding structure for libraries here in Georgia, but I think local systems get a lot of their library funding from the state through regional supersystems. Coweta County recently created a new county-only supersystem to deal directly with the state for the new library and the existing one in Newnan. I’m not sure whether the two towns’ libraries have switched to the county or stayed with the regional one that the county used to belong to.

  4. Adri »

    6 October 2007 · 11:33 am

    A little FYI for your readers: Any person eligible for a card in the Metro Library System is eligible for a Reciprocal Card in the Pioneer Library System (Cleveland, Pottawatomie & McClain Counties) — and visa versa.

  5. CGHill »

    6 October 2007 · 12:15 pm

    Thanks. I wasn’t quite sure how that worked, though I knew that Oklahoma City residents in Cleveland County could get Pioneer cards.

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