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Ponca City Library Housing much more than books, the Ponca City Library is home to the unique Oriental and Western art collection of Richard Gordon Matzene. A commercial photographer and art collector who lived in Ponca City for more than thirty years, Mr. Matzene obtained many fine painting and art objects during his eight trips around the world. Upon his death in August of 1950, the library became the recipient of his magnificent collection.

The library has one of the largest genealogical sections in the state and a large collection of books about Oklahoma by Oklahoma authors.

The charming bronze, "Through the Eyes of a Child" by Jo Saylors a Ponca City artist, is located at the west entrance.


Admission: Free admission.
Hours: Mon-Thu 9 am - 9 pm, Fri 9 am - 6 pm, Sat 9 am - 5 pm.
Sun 2-5 pm (closed Sun, Jun-Aug)
Address: 5th and Grand
Phone: 580-767-0345
Guided tours available by advance reservation or pick up self-guided tour brochures.

Come visit us in Ponca City, Oklahoma

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Lake Ponca

For maximum enjoyment, scenic Lake Ponca is divided into two areas -- one for sailboats and fishing, the other for motorboats and skiing. Outdoor lovers will enjoy a picnic, a campout, or a hike through the Nature Center.

Ponca City, OK Recreation

Ponca Chief, Standing Bear

Standing Bear won the battle for himself and for all Native Americans to become "persons" under United States law. His fight for his land and his dignity has been recorded as one of the first victories for civil rights in America.

Ponca City, OK Ethnic Heritage

E.W. Marland

E.W. Marland was born May 8, 1874 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He studied to be an attorney, graduating from University of Michigan Law School at the age of nineteen. Marland?s years of practicing law led him to an interest in geology and a career in the oil industry. He prospered in

Ponca City, OK Notables

Cann Memorial Garden Center

A pathway winds under a wisteria arbor around a lily pond and through spectacular color- coordinated beds of perennials, herbs and annuals in this peaceful botanical garden. The gardens were donated to the City of Ponca City by Elsie Cann Brown, daughter of L. A. and Mary Cann in August 1975.

Ponca City, OK Gardens

Ponca City Art Center

The stately Soldani Mansion, listed on the National Register of Historic Places and a work of art in itself, is home to the Ponca City Art Center and its many activities. These include artists' exhibits, art classes, workshops and the annual Fine Arts Festival.

Ponca City, OK Arts

Things to do Arts near Ponca City, OK

Senior Citizen Dances

Held the third Saturday of every month, the public is invited to attend these fun dances geared towards senior citizens....

Court House Murals

Ruth Monro Augur, nationally known muralist, was forced on W.P.A. rolls during the depression because her commissions fell...