Owasso library looking at $7 million expansion

OWASSO, Okla. — A major renovation is in the works for the Owasso Library.

In a virtual town hall, staff announced plans for a $7 million overhaul, upgrading and expanding the library over the next two to three years. The current library, near Main and Broadway, was built in 1989 and last updated in 2001.

The Owasso Library is one of the busiest branches in the Tulsa City-County Library system, with an average of 10,000 visitors a month.

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“This library is really heavily visited. This space is really outgrown,” said Sarah Gould with KKT Architects.

The proposed upgrade would double the size of the existing building. Additions will include an outdoor reading space, drive up window, and a more interactive children’s area. The contemporary design will be similar to Tulsa’s Central Library.

“I can draw direct correlations between going to the library every week and checking out a book with the famous pictures of the Empire State Building to my current career,” said Francis Wilmore with KKT Architects. “Its not just a container for books, it is the center of a community.”

The project comes as part of Tulsa City-County Library’s approximate $45 million endeavor to renovate four of its sites, which includes Owasso, along with Broken Arrow, Brookside and Rudisill.

Construction dates have not yet been set. However, Tulsa City-County Library is looking for input for an upcoming public meeting. You can give your opinion by clicking this link.

“This is your library and we want your input that will help us shape this new chapter,” Kiley Roberson, Chief Operating Officer for Tulsa City-County Library, said.

Tulsa City-County Library is in the process of launching a new website to follow along with the progress.