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Who We Are

We are community spaces. We are materials, resources, and technology. We are dedicated librarians. We are Pioneer Library System.

We are your Oklahoma Library of the Year.

PLS was honored with the Oklahoma Library Association's inaugural Library of the Year award. 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 made a significant impact on the lives of people in their community.

In presenting the Library of the Year award, OLA President Tim Miller said of PLS: “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.”

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 as well as 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 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: Associate Director



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Caroline Dulworth

Title: Associate Director & Norman Public Library Central Branch Manager



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Janice Bailey

Title: Director of Technology



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Doug Buck

Title: Director of Finance



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Kelly Sitzman

Title: Director of Communications & Employee Development



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Ashley Welke

Title: Director of Community Engagement & Learning



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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



Featured Content

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Annual Report

Cultivating Community: Grow With PLS Annual Report '21/22

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Find your nearest library!

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Strategic Plan

Our goals & direction

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