Ralph Ellison Library
2000 NE 23rd
OKC, OK 73111
(405) 424-1437

Monday - Thursday 9am - 9pm
Friday 9am - 6pm
Saturday 9am - 5pm
Sunday 1pm - 6pm

About Ralph Ellison Library

This library is named for the late Ralph Ellison, author of the highly acclaimed Invisible Man, who was born in and grew up in Oklahoma City in 1914. As much as this library is an information resource, it is the main center of community activities for Northeast Oklahoma City.

Book drop: Right of entrance

Ralph Ellison's:


  • Annual summer reading program
  • Black History Month events in February
  • Jazz concerts
  • Juneteenth
  • Monthly flyers with detailed information are available in the library.


  • Copy machine
  • General Information Bulletin Board
  • Job Information Center
  • Meeting rooms for public use, reservations required
  • Online computer services
  • One on one computer training by qualified Technology Assistants
  • Reference assistance provided by a professional staff
  • Tax return preparation assistance provided by VITA and AARP
  • Tours and instruction in use of library resources
  • Free Wireless Internet


  • 42,000 fiction and nonfiction items for all ages including hardback and paperback books, magazines, newspapers, audio and videocassettes, CDs and DVDs
  • Computer access to the library system's collection of 1,000,000 items
  • Materials via interlibrary loan
  • Reference materials for in-library use
  • Vertical files

Special Collection

  • Black History Collection, a circulating collection of the American Black experience in and outside of Oklahoma
  • Job Information Center

Special Friends of the Ralph Ellison Library

Area residents formed the Friends of the Ralph Ellison Library. The group sponsors fund-raising events and coordinates projects benefiting the library. For information about joining, call (405) 424-1437.