Many of us are teleworking and practicing social distancing. If you haven’t discovered the Oklahoma Department of Libraries’ remote services, now is the right time. We have electronic resources to help you research topics for your job, for home improvement, or for your own enjoyment. We have reference resources to help your children with school work, a digital collection that helps you explore the state’s history, and an e-book collection where you just may find your next favorite book.
If you’re a state employee, ODL is your library!
Digital Prairie is your gateway to ODL’s digital collections and some powerful EBSCO information and reference resources.
Our Research and Discovery page has resources for everyone in your family and all Oklahomans can access it for free from anywhere in the state. Topics include Health, Education, Business, Literature, Home Improvement, Hobbies and Crafts, and more. There are millions of magazine and journal articles at your fingertips. Our Explora and EBSCOhost Student Search topics will help the young students in your family connect with relevant resources for school and independent exploration.
Scroll down the main Digital Prairie page to view ODL’s Digital Collections. Access state publications at Documents.OK.Gov, investigate history with our Oklahoma Collection, and our Ada Lois Sipuel, and Tulsa Race Massacre collections. Open a window to the past with our Images of Oklahoma and Oklahoma Postcard collections.
Ask ODL a reference question online. Or call us at 405-522-3505 Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. If we’re closed when you send us your question, we’ll get back to you.
You can also contact us online or at the number above if you need to extend the checkout time for any materials you have.
Check out the online adventures on our Kids Connections page! You’ll find numerous fun online resources for learning. Topics include Art (by and for children), Reading and Writing, Fun and Games, Science and Math, and Safety. Also discover sites related to Travel, History, and Adventure. Have fun exploring!
Unlock more resources with your ODL Library Card. All state employees can get a card. Apply here. Card applications are processed during regular library hours, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Once you’re approved, we’ll email your borrower’s number to you so you can start taking advantage of our electronic resources. We’ll mail your card to you.
With your card, you can also access additional online reference resources here.
Borrow eBooks and Audiobooks. As a library cardholder, you can download ebooks and audiobooks to your tablet, e-reader or smartphone. Downloading the Libby App or OverDrive App makes checkout simple and easy!
Also available…TumbleBooks, a provider of online ebooks and audiobooks, has made its family of online products available for free to all libraries until at least August 31, 2020. Get FREE access to Tumble Book Library, Tumble Math, Teen Book Cloud, and Audio Book Cloud. There’s even something for the older crowd: Romance Book Cloud.
Don’t forget your local public library. While many of the state’s public libraries have closed to the public during this virus outbreak, some staff may continue to work inside the buildings and may be available to answer reference questions or get materials to you. Public electronic library services may also still be operational during their closing. Find your local library and call them or visit their website to see what services are available during this time.