Whether in person or online, an undergraduate new to the Norman campus, an experienced researcher, or a member of our extended community, we want to extend our warmest welcome to the University of Oklahoma Libraries. We play a fundamental role in OU’s academic and research success, as well as that of a discovery resource to learners beyond our campus. It is my privilege as Dean of University Libraries to walk you through what to expect and experience both in person and on our digital platforms.

With eight special collections, three branch libraries and three satellite locations, and of course, the historic main Bizzell Memorial Library located at the center of campus, the Libraries’ efforts are faculty- and student-focused with an array of cutting edge and specialized services.

Students will find peace and tranquility in our stacks or the Great Reading Room for focused study, as well as state-of-the-art collaborative spaces, such asthe Learning Labandthe Helmerich Collaborative Learning Centerto brainstorm and bring your ideas to life. Here, you and your group can carry your group project across the finish line.

Scholars have at their fingertips a comprehensiveacademic catalogueanddatabase holdingspaired with ourInterlibrary LoanandShareOK services。University Librarysubject area liaisonswork tirelessly to connect scholarly and research faculty with the needed resources for a world class research institution.

University Libraries also hold year-roundworkshops and eventsfeaturing the Libraries’ professional staff expertise in thelatest in data resources and technologies, such asour data and software carpentry partnershipsand other cutting-edge work in emerging technologies.

We serve the entire university community, either in person, by phone, or through our website. If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions pleasereach out to us。我们看间rd to helping you reach your goals this 2021-2022 academic year and to supporting your success here at the University of Oklahoma.


Denise Stephens
Peggy V. Helmerich Dean of University Libraries
The University of Oklahoma

Photograph of Denise Stephens, Dean of Libraries

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:

  • Innovation: We recognize our role in the co-creation of knowledge and are dedicated to facilitating opportunities for experimentation across disciplines.
  • Collaboration: The libraries are committed to working in partnership with departments, colleges, campus and community groups across the university, the local community, state, nation and globe.
  • Diversity & Inclusion: We recognize the role of diverse life experiences in creating knowledge that expands perspectives and bridges boundaries. The libraries strive to encourage an inclusive environment that supports curiosity and the free exchange and discussion of ideas. OU Libraries, in accordance with the university and in compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, age, religion, disability, political beliefs, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices or procedures.
  • Engagement: We are committed to fostering engagement among those we serve and recognize our commitment to engage with and be a model for a wider and interconnected professional community.
  • Integrity: We are committed to evidence-based planning, decision-making, financial stewardship and management, and to the regular evaluation of organizational performance. We are dedicated to treating others fairly and with respect and being ethical and honest in all things.
  • Learning: OU Libraries value the lifelong pursuit of knowledge and are committed to creating environs for Sooners to thrive.
  • Agility: We are committed to teamwork, flexibility, and responsiveness to meet the changing needs of faculty and students.
Revised and Re-affirmed April 2019

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