May 28, 2022

Oklahoma: Tulsa Central Library Expected to Get About $38 Million in Upgrades

From KJRH:

The Tulsa Central Library is about 50 years old. Officials say when it was built, it was state of the art, but now it needs some serious improvements.

They are proposing about $38 million in upgrades.


“We’re really looking at what the needs of the 21st Century customer and really incorporating that into the library,” said Gary Shaffer, Tulsa City-County Library CEO.

Last year, the library commission approved $15 million from the library’s reserve fund to pay for some new furniture and a massive heating and cooling upgrade. Thursday night, they decided to expand even more.

“Just totally re-imagining the library space, a real renewal of the central library,” said Shaffer.

The rest of the money will come from fundraising efforts, grants and possibly federal funds.

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