Kim Terry, Director of Marketing and Communications
Published: May 11, 2012
The dream of modern, innovative and inviting library service for northwest Oklahoma City, first discussed in the mid-1970s, is one step closer to coming true. The Patience S. Latting Northwest Library will officially open its doors Tuesday, May 22, 2012. After a formal ribbon cutting at 3:30 p.m., the doors will open at 4:00 p.m.
“For years, there has been a need for a library in far northwest Oklahoma City,” Donna Morris, Executive Director of the Metropolitan Library system said. “and this library is a stunning and innovative one.”
The library is 35,000 square feet, making it the third largest library in MLS after Downtown and
Midwest City. It was designed by the architectural firms Richard + Bauer of Phoenix and LWPB of Oklahoma City and will be the first new Silver LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified public library in Oklahoma.
The library will feature a collection of nearly 156,000 books, magazines, CDs and DVDS and more than 60 customer computers. A unique feature of the library is an automated return system located near the entrance. Customers entering the library to return checked out material can deposit it and it will be sorted automatically into separate bins to go to different libraries.
Equipped with cutting-edge technology, the Northwest Library also pays homage to the Oklahoma’s profuse history. Visitors will see Oklahoma-themed elements as glass oil derricks that
function as sky lights, and slat walls that recreate the look of Depression era housing material.
"Libraries are an important part of the 21st century and we are so excited to present this amazing resource to the community," said Julie Ballou, Manager of Northwest Library Operations.
The grand opening events begin at 4:00 p.m. and will feature live music from the rock string quartet, The Stringents, refreshments, and story time and craft activities. The Opening Celebration will continue all week with additional story times and craft activities, and Saturday Grand Events of free performances and fun activities on Saturday, May 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
For more information on the grand opening activities or the Northwest Library, please visit www.metrolibrary.org. The Grand Opening week is sponsored by The Friends of the Metropolitan Library System and the Library Endowment Trust.
The Metropolitan Library System of Oklahoma County includes 13 libraries and five extension libraries. Libraries include Belle Isle, Capitol Hill, Patience S. Latting Northwest, Ralph Ellison, Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library, and Southern Oaks in Oklahoma City, as well as Bethany, Choctaw, Del City, Edmond, Midwest City, Village and Warr Acres. Extensions are located in the communities of Harrah, Jones, Luther and Nicoma Park and include Wright Library in Oklahoma City. You can also reach us at www.metrolibrary.org.