Located at 2914 S.W. 59th, the site previously served as a temporary location last year while the Southern Oaks Library, 6900 S. Walker, was undergoing renovations. Books and furniture had been moved to a former department store location in the Almonte Shopping Center.
But library officials soon noticed that patrons were flocking to the temporary site. More than 5,600 new library cards were issued from the Almonte location over a 10-month period.
“The Alamonte location was so popular with people who had never been to Southern Oaks, we asked the City of Oklahoma City if we could keep it open,” said Donna Morris, Metropolitan Library System executive director.
The new library is a full-service location open 70 hours a week, and includes a small meeting room, 18 public computers, free Wi-Fi and access to the entire MLS collection of books, DVDs, CDs, magazines and other materials.