Reopening Guidelines and Rules (Updated 3/25/21 @ 2pm)

Update: Face coverings are required when visiting the library as mandated by City Ordinance No. 3452 that went into effect July 11. We do ask that you put on your mask before entering the library's lobby.

A "Face Covering" means a covering that fully covers a person's nose and mouth. It includes, but is not limited to, cloth face masks, towels, scarves, and bandanas as recommended by the CDC or OSDH, an N95, KN95, or other masks that would be appropriate for a health care setting, or a surgical mask. The Face Covering should fit snugly on a person's face but allow the person to breathe easily and worn consistent with the guidance provided by the CDC or OSDH. Find CDC information on face coverings here.

Persons who fall into the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention's guidance for those who should not wear face coverings due to a medical or mental health condition or developmental disability and small children under the age of five are exempt from this face-covering requirement. CDC guidance on who should not wear a mask can be found here.

Read the ordinance in full here.


  • We are asking users to plan for visits 15 minutes and will enforce a maximum time limit of 1 hour
  • If we have visitors waiting to enter, we may ask users who have been in the library longer to depart so more patrons have access to the library.
  • All lounging type furniture and children’s toys and games have been removed from the main library


  • The library is open to the general public 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.Saturday; and 1-5 p.m. Sunday

Entering library

  • Visitors in the main library are limited to approximately 55 (with 20 staff)
  • The only entrance and exit will be the South West sliding doors
  • All other doors will be inaccessible, except in case of emergency or meeting room exit
  • Staff will note your time of arrival so that we can maintain the proper number of people in the library at a time


  • To protect you, staff will be masked at all times when outside of their offices
  • Everyone visiting the library must wear a mask per the City's July 11 Ordinance No. 3452
  • Separation of six feet from non-household members must be maintained
  • Increased cleaning by staff is in effect; cleaning frequency will be posted on often used equipment and spaces
  • All service desks have “sneeze guards”

Books and Materials

  • Curbside pick-up will continue for those who are not yet ready to enter the library
  • Catalog computers are available to look up items
  • Users may browse the shelves with one person/family in an aisle at a time
  • Users will check out by holding up cards and books to a stationary wand at the Checkout Desk or they can use a self-checkout station available in front of the Help Desk
  • Interlibrary Loan service can be requested

Returning material

  • All materials must be returned in the outdoor book drop
  • Items are quarantined for 4 days and are not checked in until after that time
  • If fees accrue during quarantine, they will be waived when items are checked in
  • You may still receive notices, but you can disregard them if your items have been returned

Computer Use

  • Ten computers are available for use, one person per computer
  • Sessions last for one hour, short extensions can be requested 
  • If longer computer sessions are needed to complete tasks, study rooms can be used for up to 4 hours depending on availability. Rooms can be reserved in advance. Call the Help Desk at (405) 372-3633 x8106
  • Keyboards are fitted with plastic covering and must not be removed
  • Computer components will be cleaned between each session
  • Printing is available as normal via the vend station or through the remote printing feature from laptops and mobile devices

Office Services

  • Copying and fax services are available for use by one person at a time
  • Notary service is available. Please call or email for availability
  • Ask at the Help Desk if you must make an essential call using the library phone

Tables and Study Rooms

  • Table use is limited to one person or family group per table and should be used by those with longer research needs
  • The study room will be available for use for two people or less when open. Users can also reserve the study room for up to 4-hours at a time for longer research/computer use needs.

Restrooms and water fountains

  • Restrooms are open
  • Water fountains are not accessible. The drink vending machine is located in the main entrance lobby.

Meeting Rooms

  • Rooms 119, 202, and 214 in the North Building are available by reservation. Masking is required. Room capacities are reduced to allow for social distancing. Email or call (405) 372-3633 x8103 for more information and availability.
  • Room 138 (non-profit room) is being used to quarantine books and is closed. Non-profits qualifying for Room 138, will be given use of Room 119
  • Coffee and water service is not available, but you may provide your own drinks
  • We will work toward opening more meeting rooms as we are able. Most rooms are currently being used for quarantine and storage

Friends of the Library Continuous Sale

  • The sale is available again. It's located on the shelf near the circulation desk, on the side opposite of the holds shelf
  • Book donations cannot be accepted until further notice

Programs and Classes

  • All library-provided programs and classes are taking place virtually


  • Community service volunteers are being accepted to assist with outside work only. Tasks may include garbage pick-up, various cleaning tasks and library grounds maintenance