About Us

The Will Rogers Library serves residents of the City of Claremore and across Rogers County. The airy, open concept facility houses a collection of over 60,000 items and library patrons have access to an additional 40,000+ titles on E-books, E-Magazines and other exclusive online resources.

You will find:

Library Board

Board Members:

All Library Board Meetings are held in accordance with Oklahoma Statute Title 65. Meetings take place quarterly at 3:30 p.m. View the most recent meeting agenda.

2022 meetings dates:

Gifts/Donations

Gifts and/or donations of materials in very good condition are accepted by the library with the understanding that the donation is unconditional and once donated, cannot be returned. All gifts/donations become library property and may be added to the collection, given to Friends of the Library for their book sale, donated to other libraries or discarded. The Will Rogers Library reserves the right to decline any donations if they are deemed inappropriate for use in the collection and/or of negligible re-sale value.

The library happily accepts: New and used books in good condition, CDs & DVDs in original cases, and Magazines

The library can NOT accept:

Donations should be brought to the Library circulation desk during hours of operation. Please do not place donations in the book drop or leave donated materials outside when the library is closed.

Authors, producers or performers who would like the library to consider adding their work to the collection may unconditionally donate a copy of their item to the library. These materials are considered donations / gifts and are subject to the all relevant guidelines within the Collection Development Policy, including the fact that they cannot be returned.

For complete guidelines please see the donation section of the Collection Development Policy Gifts/donations are not itemized or evaluated for tax purposes, although a receipt showing a general donation may be given upon request.

Just as all donations / gift items / memorial items are subject to the guidelines of the Collection Development Policy, they are also subject to de-selection. While every effort will be made to retain these items within the current guidelines set forth, there should be no expectation that any item is to be considered a permanent part of the collection.

Memorial Donations

Donations of money for the purchase of memorial books or special gifts to the library are welcome. However, the library cannot accept previously purchased items, as placement of that item in the collection cannot be guaranteed.

If you would like to make a Memorial Donation, you may do so in person or you may print the Memorial Donation Form and mail it along with a check made out to Will Rogers Library, to 1515 North Florence Ave, Claremore, OK 74017.

Donations below $40.00 will be placed in the memorial book fund. These funds are used to strengthen the core areas of the collection. A letter of acknowledgement will be sent to the family indicating a donation to the library was made in the individual’s name. For a contribution of $40 or more, the library will order an appropriate book. A donor may specify a preferred age level, format, or broad subject area (fiction, non-fiction, mystery, etc.). A letter of acknowledgement of the donation will be sent to the family, and a book plate noting the name of the remembered/honored person and the donor will be placed in the front of the book.

Just as all donations / gift items / memorial items are subject to the guidelines of the Collection Development Policy, they are also subject to de-selection. While every effort will be made to retain these items within the current guidelines set forth, there should be no expectation that any item is to be considered a permanent part of the collection.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are one of our most valuable resources. The Will Rogers Library maintains an active volunteer program designed to provide those interested in the Library with opportunities to share their skills, while learning more about Library programs and services as a whole. With the help of our volunteers, the Will Rogers Library is able to provide enhanced services to our patrons. Volunteers make it happen!

Available Volunteer Opportunities

Our current need is for the position of Shelver/Shelf Reader.

Please print out and complete the Volunteer Application Form and bring it to the Will Rogers Library to set up a Volunteer Interview. If you have any questions, please contact us at 918-341-1564.

About the Library

Early History

Claremore’s first library dates back to the early 1900’s, when books were checked out from a local dental office. In 1914, the Claremore Federation of Women’s Clubs solicited contributions from the public to enhance library services in the community. 600 volumes were placed in a room at the Court House, and a librarian was hired for an annual salary of $225.

First Building

During the 1930s, plans were developed to build a municipal library building. Funds for construction library were obtained from the sale of the land donated to the city by one of its most beloved citizens, humorist Will Rogers. After Will Rogers’ death in 1935, it was decided to honor his memory by naming the municipal library after him. The structure on Weenonah Avenue was dedicated in 1936 as Will Rogers Library. That building provided citizens of Claremore library services for over 50 years.

Today

The current building, dedicated in 1994, retains the name Will Rogers Library. Citizens of Claremore and Rogers County have access to a vast selection of E-resources, 24/7 wireless Internet access, thousands of print, audio, and DVD selections, as well as a variety of ongoing children’s and adult programs.