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Bizzell Memorial Library
401 West Brooks Street

Completed in 1929, Bizzell Library is an elaborate Collegiate Gothic Building and is a National Historical Landmark of the Untied States. It is nationally significant for its association with the racial desegregation court case of George McLaurin, a black man who was at first denied admission to the University of Oklahoma?s law school solely on the basis of race, in which the Supreme Court ruled against the segregation. This was a precedent for the more famous Brown v. Board of Education case later.

There are four special collections housed in Bizzell - Bass Business Collection, Bizzell Bible Collection, Nichols Collection, History of Science Collection, and Western History Collection.

The Bizzell Memorial Library is located in the middle of campus. Look for the seventy-five foot clock tower. This is directly west of the main entrance to the library. The original gothic entrance to the Bizzell Memorial Library is on the south of the building, allowing for a more scenic entrance to the original 1928 building. The west entrance is handicap-accessible.


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