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ODL's Reference and Circulation Desk

The Reference and Circulation Desk is a Service of the ODL Information Resources Division...

ODL's Information Resources Division houses a large collection of current reference materials. The information staff provides quick factual assistance to state employees, (either over the phone, 405-522-3505, or in person), and readily-answered questions to public libraries statewide. More complex requests from public libraries are referred to the interlibrary loan networks.

State employees may request information on work-related topics, and check out materials from the circulating collections. In addition, database searching is available free to state employees for work-related topics. Interlibrary loan is available to state employees for materials not in the collections.

The Main Library reference services are available between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The main library collections are located at the Allen Wright Memorial Library, 200 Northeast 18th St., in the Capitol Complex, Oklahoma City.

The Oklahoma Collection

This non-circulating collection consists of materials acquired by the Territorial Library (1893) and its successors to the present. It also includes the Oklahoma Vertical File Collection which is an uncataloged clipping and pamphlet file. The collection's major emphases are:

  • the published works of Oklahoma authors, and
  • information about Oklahoma regardless of authorship or source.

Library materials in the Main collection are accessible directly to State Government employees (405-522-3505) and via interlibrary loan through local libraries. Materials may be checked out and/or returned at the Circulation Desk in the Allen Wright Memorial Library. Most library materials circulate for one month with renewals. Reference books and other materials are subject to special loan policies. Library materials may be recalled.

State government personnel, including elected and appointed officials, and employees classified as permanent, probationary and emergency may be issued library cards. Practicing librarians statewide and retired state government employees may be issued courtesy library cards.

You can apply in person at the Wright Library circulation desk using an online form. State government employment verification is required before ODL will extend borrowing privileges.

A borrower's card must be presented in order to check out materials.

Seasonal and temporary employees may use the collections on the premises.

If there are questions about applying for a library card or about other circulation policies, please call Circulation at 522-3505.

The Library does not charge fines for overdue materials. If any library materials are lost, stolen or not returned the patron will be billed for the actual in-print cost plus $45.00 processing. If the material is out of print, the average cost to replace the item from an out of print source plus $45.00 is assessed.

Replacement by the patron of the actual lost item can be negotiated with the circulation manager.

Other ODL Collections:

Jan Eric Cartwright Memorial Library
Oklahoma Publications Clearinghouse
State Archives
U.S. Government Information Division

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