Tulsa City-County Central Library demolition, renovations underway, expected to reopen in 2016

Tulsa, Okla. - Tulsa City-County Library leaders are giving taxpayers a look at the demolition inside the Central Library. Since the building closed for renovations the inside walls and floor have been torn down.

Library CEO Gary Shaffer expects the construction phase to begin sometime around July.

The library will reopen in the Spring of 2016. 

"The blank canvass we are presently in will contain books," Shaffer said. "It will not have as many because we're going to have a lot of electronic resources."

The new library will include more study space, much more technology and even a children's garden.  

"The library opened in 1965," Shaffer adds. "And it's well-loved, well-used and a little well-worn. We are excited to get it opened and give Tulsa the central library it deserves."

The renovation costs nearly $50 million, almost half of it was paid for through tax dollars.

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