Tulsa City-County Library acquires new location for Jenks Library; no timeline set for project

The old Mill Creek Lumber and Supply building, located 210 W. Main in Jenks, is set to be repurposed as the future home of Jenks Library.

Tulsa City-County Library recently acquired the site with hopes of relocating the current library to the city's center, however, officials say that will be a few years down the road.

"Right now, we don't have the funding to relocate the library," said Gail Morris, Tulsa City-County Library chief financial officer said.

Morris said officials hope to secure funds for renovations to the building through county funds.  

"It all depends on the economy or whether the county does a follow-up to Vision 2."

While there is no set timeline for the project, Morris said upon its completion, the library will better meet the needs of the community,

"We needed a little more space. The city of Jenks is growing rapidly and we want to respond to that growth.

"We are moving toward a more intuitive, self-directed service and that will be a big part of all our new facilities. The Librarium downtown has a lot of those opportunities and ease of technology for both staff and readers."

As for the current Jenks Library, Morris said Tulsa City-County Library would surplus the property, only after the new location is complete and open.

"We have a commitment to always have a facility within the community, and we would not want to close one in the anticipation that we would open another in a few months or years."

Jenks Library is currently located at the corner of Elm and B streets.

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