Carnegie Library

Our Collection and Services

The library board and staff are dedicated to making the library a valuable and integral part of the community. The library offers over 30,000 volumes which include best sellers, westerns, mysteries, inspirational fiction, large print books, and a large collection of non-fiction books. Also available are audio books for adults and children, magazines and newspapers.

Library services also include internet access, copy machine and scanning to email, book talks and book clubs for adults, and summer reading program for children and story time year round. See FAQ for more information about library services.


Our Mission

To provide access to the best materials and services to meet the ever-changing information, education, cultural and lifelong personal growth needs of the members of the community.

Our History

In 1912 a group of Presbyterian women organized the Elk City Library Association in one room over the present Elk City Daily News. Volunteers staffed the room one afternoon a week with approximately 250 donated books. Upon request, the Andrew Carnegie Foundation gave $10,000 for the construction of a building to be built on land furnished by the City.

In 1968, the basement became the youth library. The 1975 renovation doubled the size of both levels with the lower level accommodating preschoolers thru high school, as well as a community meeting room. Preschooler thru young adult can find his place on the lower level with adult and high school sources on the second level.

Open 50 hours a week, the library is funded by the City of Elk City and is guided by a local library commission of six community representatives. Yearly state aid is provided by the Oklahoma Department of Libraries.