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Photo of Allen Wright Memorial Library Building The Oklahoma Department of Libraries (ODL) is the official state library of Oklahoma. We serve the information and records management needs of state government, assist with public library development, coordinate library and information technology projects for the state, and serve the general public through our specialized collections.

A General History of the Agency

From Carnegie to computers, the Oklahoma Department of Libraries has worked to expand the knowledge and enrich the lives of the people of this state. Libraries were a matter of concern to the very first Legislative Assembly of the Territory of Oklahoma, which convened in 1890. One of this body's first acts was to pass legislation creating a Territorial Library, to provide legislators with reference services and to house federal publications.

After Oklahoma joined the union, the "State Library" continued to serve primarily as a legislative reference library and federal depository. Then, during the early years of the new century, iron magnate Andrew Carnegie channeled over $500,000 into a state building program resulting in 22 public libraries and one institutional library. So, in 1919, the Oklahoma Library Commission was established to help these Carnegie and other struggling libraries across the state.

The Commission was merged with the State Library in 1953. Passage of the Oklahoma Library Code in 1967 created the Oklahoma Department of Libraries (ODL). Succeeding legislatures have increased the duties and scope of the Department.

Today, ODL administers a variety of library and information services, including state archives, records management, state and federal government documents, and interlibrary referral. Our staff of consultants assist with public library development in the state. Oklahoma Statute 65, Sections 55 & 56 give ODL the authority to expand the delivery of information via electronic telecommunications. The agency coordinates projects of the Oklahoma Library Technology Network (OLTN) to develop and improve information sharing and access across the state.

For much more information about the services of ODL, view our Agency Services information.

ODL services are housed in two locations in the State Capitol Complex in Oklahoma City

Our records management division operates the State Records Center, 426 East Hill Street. Service hours there are Monday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and Wednesday from 8:00 am to 11:00 am. The State Records Center is closed on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.

All other collections and services are housed in the Allen Wright Memorial Library, 200 N.E. 18th Street. Service hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The reference desk opens at 9:00 a.m.

All locations use the Wright Library's address for mailing purposes. Our complete mailing address is listed along the upper left margin, just under the main navigation bar.

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