Central Library's temporary location, the Librarium, opens with ribbon-cutting in downtown Tulsa
10:24 AM, Sep 3, 2013
6:46 PM, Sep 3, 2013
TULSA - City leaders were on hand Tuesday for the ribbon-cutting ceremony at Tulsa's Librarium. The temporary location for Central Library is now open while the library undergoes a renovation.
The Librarium is housed in a former Homeland grocery store at 11th and Denver.
Not only does the Librarium house plenty of books, it will also showcase new technology and services, which will make the transition back to Central Library when it reopens.
"It really is a test bed for the library to test all the latest in technology, customer service," said Tulsa City-County Library CEO Gary Shaffer. "The books aren't arranged in Dewey Decimal order. They're arranged in an order that is used in bookstores. It is a very customer friendly library."
There is a self-checkout and return option with DVD dispensers similar to what you might find at retail stores. The Librarium also boasts plenty of computers and tablets to stay connected.
"Definitely people are use to using this technology and all of that technology is available at the library," said Shaffer. "Our tool belt has expanded. We are no longer just a warehouse for books but rather a place for people to improve their lives."
With all the new gadgets, there are still the traditional paperbacks and story time for the children.
As it undergoes a 2-year renovation, the Central Library is expected to open again in 2015.
If you don't have a Tulsa Library card, Mayor Dewey Bartlett has declared September, "Tulsa Library Card Sign-Up Month." You can sign up for a card at the Librarium.