G. Lamar Harrison Library

G. Lamar Harrison Library

Regular Hours
Monday-Thursday - 7:30am-10:00pm
Friday - 7:30am-5:00pm
Saturday - 9:00am-5:00pm
Sunday - 2:00pm-10:00pm

Closed for Holiday
Saturday - Closed
Sunday - Closed
Monday-Labor Day - Closed

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We have on reserve (2 hours inside the library) all 1000 and 2000 level classes offered for the current semester. If you go to our website under "Search the Catalog" then under the tab "Course Reserves" you can see the entire list indexed various ways including course number, instructor and title of book. As with regular library items, in order to check a reserve item out, students must present their Langston University ID card for check out.

Faculty may request to have course materials placed on reserve by filling out a Course Reserve Materials Request Form, also available at Langston University Libraries. Faculty owned and library owned materials can be placed on reserve. A separate form must be filled out for each course.


Interlibrary loan is a service by which materials not owned by the Langston University Libraries can be borrowed from another library. Books and articles from journals not owned by the Langston University Libraries may be requested through interlibrary loan. The conditions of this service are set by the Interlibrary loan code of the American Library Association, and the regulations of each lending library.

You can request materials electronically by sending an email to ill@langston.edu or by using the WorldCat database. If you are requesting a book please include the author, title, date, publisher and place of publication in your email. Requests for journal articles must include the full title of the periodical, the volume number, year, pages required, and the author and title of the article.

You may also request materials by filling out an interlibrary loan request form, available at all Langston University Libraries. A separate form must be filled out for each request. BE SURE TO INCLUDE YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION.

You will be notified by phone or email when the material requested has arrived. Material may be picked up at the circulation desk of your campus library. You will need to present your current Langston University ID to pick up your materials.

Please Note: Most materials arrive in 7 to 10 working days, depending upon the nature of the material requested and the geographic location of the lending library. Requests will be processed and sent as quickly as possible. If deadlines cannot be met, you will be notified accordingly.

Fines, Fees, & Restrictions
Interlibrary Loan is a free service. However, in the event that the only available source of a particular request has a fee, the borrower will be notified and given the option of obtaining this source.

Fines: Lending libraries determine the terms of a loan, and the borrower must abide by these terms. Loaned materials must be returned promptly to avoid jeopardizing our relations with the lending library. Patrons will be notified in writing of over due books within five working days past the due date. Books which are not returned within five additional days will be assessed fines of a minimum of $1.00 per day beginning 5 days past the due date. Faculty and staff members are not exempt from this fine. Books not returned within two weeks of their due dates will be considered lost and patrons (students, staff and faculty) will be fined for the replacement cost of these items as determined by the lending libraries. Students who have unpaid library fines will be placed on a Bursar’s hold until such fines are cleared.

Restrictions: Because libraries generally do not loan the following materials, we cannot request: multi-volume sets, textbooks for classroom use, audio-visual materials, current popular titles, reference materials and entire issues of periodicals. Persons who consistently abuse circulation and interlibrary loan privileges, however, may be refused service.

The Copyright Law [Title 17, section 107, “Fair Use,” and section 108, “Reproduction by libraries and archives,” U.S. Code] governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted materials by libraries and archives. In addition, the National Commission on New Technological Uses of Copyrighted Works (CONTU), an advisory committee to Congress, made recommendations on the rights of reproduction and distribution of copyrighted materials by libraries and developed a set of specifications known as the CONTU Guidelines. (See: Appendix A) These guidelines were instituted to insure that both the principle of Fair Use and the rights of copyright proprietors were protected. The guidelines are a nationally accepted standard for evaluating a library’s compliance with the intent of Title 17, section 108 (g)(2) of the U.S. Code. Langston University Libraries will insure that these laws and guidelines are given full consideration when writing policies and procedures for the Libraries. The University Libraries reserve the right to refuse to accept a copying request if fulfillment of the request would violate the Copyright Law.


The OKShare Card is a cooperative agreement among the college and university libraries of the state of Oklahoma whereby a student's home institution can issue a library identification card that will allow the student to visit other Oklahoma academic libraries and check out their materials. Click Here for a list of partcipating institutions.

A member of the student body, staff, or faculty of Langston University iseligible for an OKShare Card. You can use it anytime that it is convenient for you to use another institution's library. It is especially useful if you are in a rush and do not have time to wait for an Interlibrary Loan item to arrive. The card is good for one full semester and can be renewed continuously until you are no longer affiliated with Langston University.

OK Share Cards are available at G. Lamar Harrison Library, the LU-Tulsa Learning Resource Center and the LU-OKC library.

Simply fill out an OKShare Card application at your campus library's circulation desk and present your CURRENT Langston University Identification card. LU-OKC students may apply at the LU-OKC Library.

The OK Share Card is free! You are responsible for any material borrowed with your OKShare Card , so watch those due dates! Your ID number will be kept on file at each university that you use.

Participating colleges and universities:
Cameron University
Oklahoma Panhandle State University
Carl Albert State College
Oklahoma State University (all locations)
Connors State College
Philips Theological Seminary
East Central University
Redlands Community College
Eastern Oklahoma State College
Rogers State University
Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College
Rose State College
Langston University
Seminole State College
MidAmerica Bible College
Southeastern Oklahoma State University
Murray State College
Southern Nazarene University
Northeastern State University
Southwestern Oklahoma State University
Northern Oklahoma College
St. Gregory's University
Northwestern Oklahoma State University
Tulsa Community College
Oklahoma Baptist University
University of Central Oklahoma
Oklahoma Christian University
University of Oklahoma (all locations)
Oklahoma City Community College
University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma
Oklahoma City University
Western Oklahoma State College


A community borrower's card allows local residents who are not members of the University community to check out library materials.

Residents fo Langston and Coyle are eligble to receive a community borrower's card. Community users may check out 3 books at a time from an LU Library.

Community borrowers cards are available at G. Lamar Harrison Library, you will need to fill out an application at the circulation desk. You will need to bring a valid driver's license. You will need to provide us with your current address.

If you are under 18, the application form must also be signed by an responsible adult before we can issue you a community borrower's card.


To access a database while on or off campus you must log in with your 4X4. This is the first four letters of your last name and the last four digits of your social security number.


If you are unsure how to cite a particular source first determine what style you are supposed to use for your paper (i.e. Chicago, MLA, APA, etc) and then click on one of the links below. You should then find examples on how to cite particular sources, i.e. journal articles, books, websites, etc.

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Born in 1900 in Seward, Oklahoma, Harrison attended elementary school in Lawton, high school in Kansas City, Missouri, and college in Ohio. He received his bachelor's and his master's degrees at the University of Cincinnati and his Ph.D. from Ohio State University in 1936. He was married to Dorothy Marie Pennman in 1932.

Before going to Langston, Harrison taught at Virginia Union University and West Virginia State College, and was dean of education at Prairie View College in Texas. He was a member of the Board of Trustees at Wilberforce University from 1932 to 1937. He was the author of several studies dealing with Negro rural school systems, and the subject of his doctoral dissertation was the training of black teachers to serve in rural school districts.

G. Lamar Harrison
G. Lamar Harrison, Ninth President, 1940 -1960

Harrison went to Langston with sound educational credentials. He brought to a politically disruptive situation a philosophy that education "must serve the people of the state at the point of their greatest need." He arrived at a time when the Langston Alumni Association was beginning to make progress in removing the presidency from political influence -- and when the world situation was about to create dramatic social changes.

The burden of securing accreditation fell on Harrison's new administration. When he was beginning his administration in 1940, Langston had standing only as a "standard four-year college." During his tenure the school was brought up to par in library, physical plant, and faculty. In the very first year he brought to the campus four new faculty members who had earned doctorates. Changes were made almost at once. The school geared up to participate in the national defense program. The high school became part of the teacher training unit. And finally, in 1941, the name of the school was officially changed from the Colored Agricultural and Normal University to what it had always popularly been called -- Langston University.

Because Harrison stabilized the office of president and remained for so many years as head of the school, the expansion of the campus under his administration was widespread. A herd of registered beef cattle was started in 1942 with the purchase of a prize bull, T. Royal Rupert 118th, from the Turner Ranch in Sulphur. In 1943-44 the entire campus was provided heat from the central steam plant. Other major improvements included a modern sewage disposal plant, paved streets, a modern stadium, a new library, and the I. W. Young Auditorium and remodeled gymnasium. Between 1939 and 1954 the value of the physical plant rose from less than $1 million to more than $4 million.

Under Harrison's guidance the school provided for itself what the legislature did not appropriate. Thus the Trade and Industrial Building was re-roofed; the home economics labs were remodeled; a radio, shoe, and barber shop was started; and the president's home was completely remodeled -- the red brick was covered with white stucco. Jones Hall Science and Agriculture Building was constructed. Langston began printing its own catalogue in the campus print shop.

The curriculum underwent drastic revision. Five divisions were established: agriculture, arts and sciences, education, industrial arts, and home economics. Two-year associate programs were added to the home economics and industrial arts divisions in addition to the four-year degree programs. The accrediting came slowly. In 1948, Langston became a member of the Association of American Colleges. The Veterans' Administration approved the school for work under the G. I. Bill of Rights. Subsequent accreditation achieved during Harrison's administration included membership in the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, and the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, and affiliation with the State Department for training foreign students and nationals. Harrison resigned at the end of fiscal year 1960.

From Langston University: A History, by Zella J. Black Patterson. Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, 1979.
Langston Libraries
LANGSTON University Libraries History

New arrivals to Oklahoma Territory, some of them former slaves, gathered to homestead and establish the small, all-black community of Langston near Guthrie, the capital of Oklahoma Territory. They shared a vision: they would build a school that would provide quality higher education for their descendants

The territorial act setting up the school stipulated that the settlers must purchase the forty acres of land on which the school would be built. While they were still living in tents and soddies, the farmers raised the money through auctions, bake sales, and donations. Within a year the land was purchased, and in 1898 the school opened its doors as the Oklahoma Colored Agricultural and Normal University.

Sometime between 1899 and 1901 the library was established. In November 1907 the Main Building was destroyed by fire, but fortunately the library collection was saved. Following the fire, the library occupied a small class-sized room in the basement of Page Hall. The book collection was extremely small and consisted largely of material that had been donated by well-wishing friends.The first librarian, Mrs. Mayme McDaniel, was hired in 1923. A degreed librarian, Miss Henrietta Beasley, came to CA&NU in 1926 with the title of Librarian and Professor of Library Science. Under her guidance a small collection of curriculum-related books and reference materials was added and the library space soon had to be expanded.As the university began a push for accreditation in the late 1930s, a study of the library facilities showed CA&NU was well below regional standards. Library staff requested upgrades in funding and materials purchase budgets to try to rectify the situation.From 1937-1944 the library expanded to include most of the first floor of Page Hall. The book collection, by this time, had grown to approximately 8,000 volumes, 897 bound periodicals, 256 current periodical subscriptions and 14 newspaper subscriptions. Unfortunately, only 10 percent of the collection was cataloged. In 1940, a group of WPA workers began creating author, title, and shelf list cards. By 1943, the library had its first accurate catalog. During this period the staff consisted of one full-time librarian, an assistant, and several student trainees. The library was open for service 49 1/2 hours per week. In 1941, the name of the institution was officially changed to Langston University.

G. Larmar Harrison Library
G. Larmar Harrison Library in the mid-twentieth century

In the person of the 9th University president, Generale Lamar Harrison, the library had a dedicated proponent of expanded facilities and services. Through his continued requests to the state legislature Dr. Harrison finally gained approval of a resolution to grant $175,000 to build Langston’s first dedicated library building. The G. Lamar Harrison Library was completed in 1948 and was dedicated on Founders Day, March 12, 1950. The new structure contained reading rooms, a browsing room, two faculty study lounges, offices and workrooms. The collection quickly increased to 35,000 volumes and 7,000 bound periodicals. By 1955, an additional 20,000 volumes had been added, and by 1961 the total volume count was approximately 90,000. In 1970, the Melvin B. Tolson Black Heritage Center was established with the mission of collecting resources concerning Africans, African-Americans, and the African diaspora. The Tolson Center also houses a collection of African art and artifacts. Harrison library was remodeled in 1990 and reopened for full public services in July 1991.

With the rapid advance of technology and its adoption by all levels of education, the LU Libraries have gone through a series of transitions from paper, microformat, and CD-ROMs; to the implementation of an online catalog, complete Internet access, and a myriad of electronic resources and services.

G. Larmar Harrison Library
G. Larmar Harrison Library in the mid-twentieth century

Currently the G. Lamar Harrison Library, the Melvin B. Tolson Black Heritage Center,the branch library at the LU-OKC campus, and the LU-Tulsa Learning Resource Center make up the Langston University Libraries and serve as the primary research collections for Langston University.