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It is an exciting time to be a part of the University of Oklahoma Libraries, and I personally encourage all students, faculty, staff and campus visitors to visit Bizzell Memorial Library, our branch libraries, and our special collections. 

Libraries remain the heart of the academic life on campus. You merely have to stroll through our corridors to see this for yourself. Students are busy using our computers and wireless Internet access to complete their studies. Faculty meet with students over coffee in the Bookmark Café. Scholars utilize the unique primary sources found in our special collections. Visitors peruse the Native American artwork hung throughout Bizzell. We truly have something for everyone.

To University of Oklahoma students, I would like to extend a very special invitation. We believe it is important for you to learn how to use the University Libraries early in your academic career and our library faculty and staff are committed to assisting you. Our goal is to provide everyone who uses the OU Libraries with the information resources they need. I hope you take advantage of the many resources and services available to you such as our Textbooks on Reserve program, the thousands of electronic journals and databases available 24/7 through our website, and the Ask Us service that provides customized research assistance.


Associate Vice President for Research, Norman Campus 
Dean, University Libraries 
Peggy V. Helmerich Chair 


Our Mission

The University Libraries, in support of the mission of the University of Oklahoma, develops and maintains programs that provide access to the informational resources necessary to fulfill the academic, research, artistic, scholarly and community leadership objectives of the University. University Libraries also recognizes its obligation to the local community, the state, other libraries, and scholars in general.

Our Values

The University of Oklahoma Libraries serves the University of Oklahoma community by being open and inclusive.  We build trust with our community and with one another by actively demonstrating these core values in all that we do: 

  • Collaboration: We promote collaboration through teamwork and cooperation to pursue common goals.
  • Diversity: We welcome diversity by encouraging an inclusive environment that supports curiosity and the free exchange of ideas in our spaces, services, and collections.
  • Engagement: We engage the global community with our commitment to lifelong learning for all by communicating the value of our collections and resources through both innovative and traditional means.
  • Integrity: We are dedicated to providing our services ethically and honestly, treating all persons fairly and with respect.
  • Learning: We value learning as a lifelong process and strive to be responsive to new challenges and opportunities in the pursuit of knowledge and professional and intellectual growth.
  • Organizational Agility: We commit to teamwork, technological flexibility, approachability and responsiveness to meet and exceed the evolving needs of our patrons.


My Library Feature

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The newly designed site has undergone a platform change such that your personalized My Library settings will not transfer between systems. We encourage everyone to sign in to the site, become familiar with its features, and to set up a new My Library profile.

First New Journal Launches in OU Libraries’ Open Journal Systems

The launch of Open Journal Systems (OJS) pushes the University of Oklahoma Libraries into a new area of support for faculty research and of open access to research products for scholars and citizens alike.

New Library Website

Monday, August 3, 2015

The University Libraries has launched a new website. Features of the new site include: mobile responsiveness, an updated and modern aesthetic appeal, enhancements to location information, better access to the libraries’ Discover box for research improved security protocols, and a new library event calendar. If you experience problems using the new site, please feel free to contact us using the 

OU Libraries Celebrates 125 Years with Statewide “Galileo’s World” Exhibition

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Galileo’s World, a university-wide collaborative exhibition, opens in August. The exhibition will feature rare books, instrument replicas, digital resources and student projects in 20 uniquely themed exhibits in seven locations across the university’s three campuses in Norman, Oklahoma City and Tulsa.