Frequently Asked Questions
How many people work at the library?
BPL currently employs 13 full-time workers, and 15 part-time workers.
For information on BPL employment opportunities, contact the Human Resources Office for the City of Bartlesville at 918-338-4278.
How long does it take for a new item to be processed and ready for check out?
Depending on the workload in the Technical Services Department, most new materials are processed and ready for checkout in approximately two weeks.
Bestsellers and items with holds are given first priority, and are usually processed and available for checkout in approximately two days.
How does the library decide what materials to buy?
Staff members who belong to our selection committee decide which items to purchase by analyzing library needs, the library's mission, the library budget, community interests, circulation records, and by reading reviews in several different periodicals for each item considered. Lists of classics and award winners are considered, as are patron requests.
How can I suggest an item for the library to purchase?
Yellow suggestion cards are available at all the public information desks. Suggestions are reviewed by the selection committee and considered for purchase. You may also fill out an online suggestion form here.
How old does my child have to be to get a library card?
BPL has no minimum age. All persons under the age of 18 must have their library card signed by a parent or guardian.
How can I volunteer at the library?
Volunteer work for adults is available occasionally in various departments. Fill out a volunteer form at the circulation desk to be considered for such opportunities
How big is the library's budget?
As a Department of the City of Bartlesville, the Bartlesville Public Library receives its primary financial support from revenues from Bartlesville City Sales Tax.
Other financial support for materials and programs comes from the Friends of the Library, the Bartlesville Library Trust Authority, donations from citizens, and from grants. In total, the Bartlesville Public Library has a materials budget that hovers around the $100,000 per year range, with roughly $50,000 coming from the City of Bartlesville.