"Something new is coming to Tulsa a lively library" announced the Tulsa Sunday World when the Brookside Library opened on January 19, 1951 in a rented storefront facility at 3516 S Peoria Avenue. It was Tulsa's first branch library to be in the heart of a shopping center and "a colorful place designed to get the gloom out of library surroundings". Mrs. Helen Norvell was the branch librarian, followed by Lucile Wallace.
Due to strong neighborhood involvement in the Brookside area, many gifts were made to the new branch. The Garden Club Council requested space for a desk and telephone, as well as a gardening reference book area. This was the precursor for the Garden Center, which would later become a Tulsa landmark in its own facility further north on Peoria.
For the computer user, Brookside has 15 public computers and a laptop dispenser with 12 laptops for in-library use, strong wi-fi, a wi-fi bar, and comfy chairs with USB ports.
We have two Story Time sessions: Babies & Toddlers on Tuesdays at 10:15 and Preschool on Wednesdays at 10:15.
PAWS for Reading for students is offered once per month and children can read aloud to therapy dogs.
The Brookside Library houses a small collection of Spanish books for adults and for children.One meeting room is available and holds 50. Reserve a meeting room online.This location also has an ongoing book sale.The Brookside Library showcases a collection of unusual metal sculptures by Tulsa artist Lisa Regan.