Ask A Librarian: Our Reference Staff answers questions via email within 24 hours.
Bartlesville Newspaper Index: The Local and Family History Staff has been indexing the Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise newspaper sinc 2000. Newspapers are archived on microfilm and are available in the LFH Room.
Book Clubs: The library's book club, the Johnstone Avenue Irregulars, meets on the first Tuesday of each month (September-May) at 7:00 in the library's downstairs meeting room to discuss a book. All are welcome! We also have several online book clubs with Dear Reader.com
Book Reviews & Speakers: Library staff members are happy to speak to your group. We do book reviews, readings, classes on special topics, and presentations about what the library has to offer. We have presentations available that are appropriate for both children and adults. To request a speaker, please contact Denise at (918) 338-4161.
Bookstore: The Friends of the Library operate a used book store in the lobby of the Library each Wednesday from 10 to 3. Used hardcover and paperback books can be purchased for a nominal fee. The Library also has an online bookstore at ABE Books where rare and valuable books may be purchased.
Circulating Collection: As of 2009, BPL had about 120,000 items in the circulating collection of books, CD-ROMs, videos, DVDs, music CDs and books on tape. Click here for info on cards, borrowing privileges, and fines.
Computers for public use: BPL has 19 computers connected to the internet and are available for public use. The computers also include word processing, desktop publishing, children's games, and educational software. Most of our computers were donated by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Some are reserved for the use of researchers, genealogists, and children. For more information, see our public pc rules.
Interlibrary Loan: If you can't find what you want at the Bartlesville Public Library, our Reference Staff can try to borrow the item from another library. A $2.50 return postage fee per item requested must be paid before the request is processed. Check at the Reference Desk for details.
Literacy, ESL, and Citizenship Tutoring: We provide a wide range of literacy services for adults. For more information, or to become a volunteer tutor, contact the Literacy Services Office at 338-4179.
Local History & Genealogy : We have an excellent collection of resources for this kind of research. Local files include Bartlesville-Area newspapers on microfilm back to the 1800's and an extensive obituary file. We also offer occasional genealogy classes. Contact the LFH department for details at 338-4167.
Meeting Rooms: We have three meeting rooms available for public use. More than 800 meetings are held at the library each year. Non-profit community groups may reserve library meeting rooms for one meeting at a time. All meetings must begin and end within regular library hours. There is no charge for using the meeting rooms, however sponsoring groups are responsible for setting up and taking down their own tables and chairs. To book a meeting room, contact Denise at (918) 338-4161.
Newsletter: The Library publishes a newsletter, The Bartlesville Bookmark, every other month. Check out the current issue for information about upcoming events, services, and materials.
Obituary Lookups: At no charge to out-of-town patrons, LFH Library staff will search for up to 3 obituaries or conduct one hour of lookup time per patron. Obituary lookups are limited to only those who are believed to have lived in/and or died in Washington County, Oklahoma. There is a charge of $2.00 per page for copies of successfully located obituaries. These will be sent to requestors in self-addressed, stamped envelopes sent to LFH at 600 S. Johnstone, Bartlesville, OK 74003 or as attachment e-mails to the patron’s e-mail address. Copies will not be mailed or sent as attachment e-mail files until payment is received. LFH accepts cash, checks or money orders made to Bartlesville Public Library. Due to limited staff time, this is a one time service. If additional research is required or requested, LFH Staff will be happy to provide names and contact information for area researchers who have indicated a willingness to provide further assistance. Terms of their services are negotiated directly with the researcher.
One Book, One Bartlesville: Each year the library promotes one book in March and April. The idea is for everyone to read the same book at the same time and come together for discussion and activities.
Online Services: We have a plethora of services which can be accessed from your home computer 24/7. Services include full-text journals, magazines, and newspapers, genealogy research, historical research, auto repair, investment information, marketing resources, health resources, and more!
Reference Assistance: Our Reference Staff answers more than 650 questions per week on topics ranging from Oklahoma statutes to weedy seadragons. We answer questions in person, via telephone (918-338-4168), and via email.
Storytime: Our Youth Services Department provides storytime to more than 200 kids per week. In addition to regularly-scheduled storytime (Wednesday and Thursday mornings, 10 a.m. for babies & toddlers, 11 a.m. for preschoolers, Thursdays at 1 p.m. for all ages), our staff also visits area preschools and daycares.
Teen Programs: Each year the library co-sponsors the Battle of the Books with area middle schools, and several other teen-only programs are offered as special events.. See our Teen Blog for details
Test Proctoring: The Reference Staff provides test proctoring to students who are taking distance or online classes. To set up an appointement for proctoring, contact the Reference Staff at 918-338-4169 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.