Greater Tulsa Reporter
LOYAL CUSTOMER: Michael Mullens, Central Library’s 100,000th checkout customer, holds his prize of an Amazon Echo with Buddy Ingalls, Central Library manager.
In February, Tulsa City-County Library’s Central Library reached a milestone since its reopening: its 100,000th checkout of printed materials.
Since opening in October 2016, Central Library has seen a daily traffic count of more than 1,500 people and a steady flow of customers exploring new library features including the maker space, digital learning lab and scenic study rooms overlooking downtown Tulsa.
“This is an exciting time as visitors continue to marvel at the beautiful downtown library,” said Buddy Ingalls, Central Library manager.
Library customer Michael Mullens was the person checking out the 100,000th item, and he was rewarded with an Amazon Echo.
“I was not expecting this. It was a real shocker to win,” said Mullens, who regularly visits Central Library. “As a reader, I appreciate the new library and how easy it is to find the books you like to read.”
Now, librarians are preparing for the next milestone: the 1 millionth checkout.
“Even as many readers transition to accessing library materials on tablets, smartphones and other digital devices, there is still a strong demand for a physical copy of a book,” said Ingalls. “Our main objective is to connect people with information in a format they prefer.”