All PLS libraries will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 26th and Friday, Nov. 27th for Thanksgiving, but our digital collections are always available at pioneerlibrarysystem.org/download.

Library reopens with limited services

 

Norman Public Library East continues limited services to the public with multiple guidelines in place for the safety of customers and staff during the coronavirus pandemic. Many services are still available, but customers who visit should note several changes:

PLS branches are now open for browsing and Wi-Fi access in a “grab-and-go” environment. Limits on public computer continue to be limited to encourage the “grab-and-go” model. Customers are welcome to spend some time at the library studying but we may ask you to shorten your visit so that others also can spend some time in the library.

Customers are able to reserve a time slot for public computer use in advance of physically coming to the library by calling 405-792-0777. After calling, you will be prompted to follow the steps in the automated phone system to select your library and place the reservation. Please have your library card number and PIN number available when you call. Two 30-minute computer sessions may be accessed daily. The library also can be used for copying, faxing and scanning. 

Pickup of materials also is available and may be done through a curbside service. Parking spaces will be designated for curbside pickup, and customers should follow the instructions on the sign at their parking space after they arrive.

Returned items initially are being quarantined for safety, so they may show as checked out on accounts for several days after they are returned. Please note that late fees will not be assessed for any of these items.

The library's digital and virtual resources, which have seen an increase in use during the closing, continue to be an option for those more comfortable staying home. Thousands of choices are offered through the OverDrive, Hoopla and Kanopy services available here. Digital items are also available on mobile devices through the PLS Connect app which can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or Google Play.

This is an unprecedented time and we are grateful for your continued support and patience. Please continue to monitor our website and social media pages for further information and digital programming and activities.

A look at our natural surroundings

A part of the aesthetic of Norman’s two newest libraries is the presence of native Oklahoma grasses and creative landscapes surrounding the buildings.

That was intentional in the design plans for both Norman East, which opened in summer of 2018, and Norman Central, which celebrates the one-year anniversary of its opening in November.

“A library project is done not just through bricks and mortar, but in how people in the community interact with it and how they see it,” said Matthew Kruntorad, Principal at MSR Design, the architectural firm utilized on each library project. “It’s part of the community, it’s connected to the community, it’s somewhere that you want to go.” 

Located in an area of rolling hills on the east side of Norman, the plot of land for Norman East lends itself to a prairie style. These include a variety of Buffalo grass and bluestem with patches of colorful flowers including goldenrod and the bright purple Eryngo that make up the area that begin the view from the windows on the north side of the building.

To the south, between the library and Alameda Street, as well as around the “Prairie Wind” sculpture near the building’s main entrance, are more types of traditional grassland types and small trees. Planters near the main entrance of the building feature Yucca and other smaller plant types.

The area leading up to Norman Central from Andrews Park to the south also seeks to utilize grasses native to Oklahoma. Multiple gardens in the courtyard provide a natural look surrounding the backdrop of the sculpture “Unbound,” a depiction of book pages lifting into the sky.

Norman Central also sports a unique garden area located on the roof of part of the building’s first floor, above the Children’s Services section and beneath windows looking out from the second and third floor, over the roof garden and on to the rest of downtown Norman to the south.

Inside these libraries, learn more about almost any topic through the Pioneer Library System’s extensive collection of books, DVDs, and downloadable items. Libraries are now open for browsing and Wi-Fi access in a “grab-and-go” environment, with masks required for all in the Norman branches per city ordinance.