The Metropolitan Library System is composed of 14 large, full-service libraries located conveniently throughout Oklahoma County, and five smaller extension libraries, four of which are located in the eastern part of the county in the cities of Harrah, Jones, Luther, and Nicoma Park.

We also maintain an Outreach Collection in nursing homes and retirement centers, and fund a Books by Mail service for homebound customers.

   
  Mission Statement:
  The Metropolitan Library System facilitates the free flow of information and ideas by providing access to materials, services, and programs to Oklahoma County's diverse community.
   
  Service Area
 

 

Metropolitan Library System mapOur primary service area is Oklahoma County and our primary customers are its citizens. For us, that includes anyone who lives or attends school in Oklahoma County, or who owns property here. We also have a reciprocal borrowing arrangement with the neighboring Pioneer Library System, which includes libraries in Cleveland, McClain and Pottawatomie Counties.

Citizens of those counties, as well as people who attend school in Blanchard, and who carry a valid Pioneer Library borrower's card, can also check out material from our collection. Anyone who doesn't meet any of these requirements can purchase an Annual Fee card. Read more about our library cards.

   
  Our Staff
   

The Metropolitan Library System (MLS) employs over 500 dedicated and diverse people who keep our libraries open seven days a week. The public doesn't see many of them because they work behind the scenes-selecting materials to buy, cataloging it when it arrives, and working in administrative and support positions.

The Metropolitan Library Commission governs MLS. The Commission is made up of 27 voting members, 13 of whom are appointed by the mayor of Oklahoma City, 11 by the mayors of Bethany, Choctaw, Del City, Edmond, Harrah, Jones, Luther, Midwest City, Nicoma Park, The Village, and Warr Acres. One member is appointed by the Board of County Commissioners to serve as an at large member.  Ex officio (voting) members of the Commission are the mayor of Oklahoma City and the chair of the Board of County Commissioners.  The MLS's executive director serves as Secretary to the commission and is a non-voting member.  Commission officers include a chair, a vice-chair, and disbursing agent.

Funding is provided by an ad valorem property tax (5.2 mils).