A community staple for decades

New libraryWith more than 50 years of service in its current downtown location and even more years prior to that several blocks away, Norman Public Library Central has been a staple of the community for multiple generations in families.

That tradition will continue as the library transitions to its new, state-of-the-art location at 103 W. Acres St., in the coming months, even as the service continues until that time in the current location.

The new Norman Central library is a three-story facility that will add significant available space in the library, featuring dedicated areas for a maker area, a Friends of the Library bookstore, a local history and genealogy research workspace, multiple meeting rooms and more. In total, it will have about 80,000 square feet of library space.

Funding for the library, as well as Norman East, which opened in summer 2018, came after Norman voters passed the “Norman Forward” quality of life package in a special election in October 2015. Voters passed the proposition for a half-percent sales tax increase by a decisive margin, with more than 72 percent in favor.

The library and City of Norman recently hosted a dedication event for the art piece “Unbound” that is located in the courtyard south of the library. Artist Paul Cocksedge attended from his home in London, and officials and representatives from the city, the Norman Arts Council, the library and dozens of community residents attended.

Keep an eye out in the upcoming weeks and months for more specifics on the library’s opening. And in the meantime, continue to visit us at our present location for access to the Pioneer Library System’s collection of materials, as well as great service from our staff of dedicated librarians.