The library's Chief Innovation Officer, Kim Johnson, said the Librarium is what libraries will look like in the 21st Century. There are no service desks. Instead, librarians roam freely to help customers and allow them to check out a book anywhere in the building. The goal is to open up space and make it easier for library patrons to move around.
The library's genealogy department is actually being moved to the Hardesty Regional Library in South Tulsa. While it is an older building, it also will have the "new look" with open space, no service desks, and roaming librarians who can help anywhere in the library.
Genealogy librarian Kathy Huber said that while the surroundings will be different, researchers won't notice any changes. "We will have all of our same materials that we had. We'll have access to all of our computer databases that we had over there, as well as microfilm, microfilm readers, that kind of thing."
The Hardesty Regional Library that now contains all the Tulsa City-County Library System's genealogy materials is located at 8316 E 93rd St, Tulsa, OK 74133 and its web site may be found at http://tulsalibrary.org/hardesty-regional-library.