The East Second Library, located at 2537 E. Second St., stood on a lot donated by R.T. Daniel. It was a colonial revival red brick building with large windows and a vaulted ceiling. In 1962, while Violet Williamson was the librarian, the East Second Library became part of the Tulsa City-County Library system. In the 1970s, the East Second Promoters, now known as the Kendall-Whittier Library Promoters, a library friends group, became very active. They had festivals on the lawn and book sales in the basement. The library was an integral part of the neighborhood.
The library served in its location on Second Street for more than 60 years. Many Tulsans fondly remember the old East Second Library. In spite of its charm, the old building wasn’t highly visible, wasn’t accessible, wasn’t technology compatible, and had other physical problems. Finally, in 1996, due to severe structural problems, the building was torn down.
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