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Who We Are

We are innovators. We are your library. We are Pioneer Library System.

Awarded 2023 Oklahoma Library of the Year.

PLS was honored with the Oklahoma Library Association's inaugural Library of the Year award in 2023. This award recognizes an Oklahoma library or library system that has provided outstanding programs or services that can be emulated by other Oklahoma libraries or has significantly impacted the lives of people in their community.

“From being the first to implement innovative technology, the first in the nation to install a 24 Hour Library and locally-developed library mobile app, to being the first in the state to custom build and launch a Maker Mobile, to developing forward-thinking partnerships, such as the Cleveland County Jail Reset Pod and embedding Central Oklahoma Workforce Innovation Board staff in the library, PLS lives up to its namesake of pioneering library services.” -OLA President Tim Miller


Our Mission:

Inspiring innovation, engagement and learning in our communities.

Our Customer Service Philosophy:

Creating positive experiences for you.

Pioneer Library System Values:

Welcome | Empower | Respect

We are your library system.

The Pioneer Library System serves the residents of Cleveland, McClain, and Pottawatomie Counties through twelve branches in 10 communities and Information Stations in rural communities. All our branches are unique but are united under one library system.

Your hometown library is part of a larger system with access to resources, services, and programs to benefit everyone across our service area. PLS is fueled by a belief that by working individually we can make a difference, but together we are transformative.

Materials owned by the library system are accessible to all who live, work, own property or attend school in the service area. Administrative offices are located in Norman. All branches are open 7 days a week.



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Lisa Wells

Title: Executive Director


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Aiden Street

Title: Director of Community Engagement & Learning


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Caroline Dulworth

Title: Director of Branch Services


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Kelly Sitzman

Title: Director of Communications & Employee Development


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Doug Buck

Title: Director of Finance


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Janice Bailey

Title: Director of Technology & System Services


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Elissa Fox

Title: Director of Human Resources


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Jennifer Marshall

Title: Collections Coordinator


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Leanne Cheek

Title: Readers' Services Coordinator


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Will Merrick

Title: Development Officer


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Phil Clark

Title: Regional Coordinator


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Hillarie Kuhn

Title: Regional Coordinator


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Lisa Lempges

Title: Regional Coordinator


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Strategic Plan

Our goals & direction

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