Welcome to the Iowa Tribal Library!

“Our library door is always open.”


Sandy Tharp-Thee, Library Director

Mission Statement: The history of the Ioway people is written in many books and being written today. We invite all people to read, learn and share the rich heritage of the Iowa Tribe and of our relatives. We are dedicated to promoting the love and teaching of reading, beginning with the youngest to the young of heart. Our library belongs to our people. We strive to offer meaningful resources, materials, and help for literacy, education, computer skills, employment, and wellness for the Iowa Tribe and its community.

 For more information call (405) 547-2402 ext. 213 or email us at

Literacy – let us help you be a confident reader – reading opens so many doors. We have tutors willingly to help and aids at our library available for checkout. This service is available for all ages.


Homebound Elders and Families: Are you in need of large-print, audio, and other reader-friendly books? Please send us a request and we will work with our Title VI Program to get material sent to you.



Teen Health and Wellness is a free resource to access information on health resources, school help, and life skills.
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FREE Online Tutoring: Through a partnership with, The Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma Library offers free online assistance that connects students one-to-one with subject-expert tutors for assistance in most general education courses. Online tutoring service can be accessed from any Internet-enabled computer or mobile device. This online tutoring service also provides real-time and drop-off writing assistance. Additionally, the program offers resources such as study tools, lessons, test prep materials and instructional videos. After you work with a tutor, you can print your session to review it again at any time.



FREE Test Prep, Career Building Skills, Adult GED Education, Job and Career Accelerator and More:
Learning Express offers free access to study guides, practice tests, job search tools, e-books, and tutorials will help you achieve your career and educational goals.


For internal use and on tribal premises, please click EBSCO HOST NOW.

Ebsco Consumer Health Complete: Medical prescription info, diagnosis and wellness guides, magazine and journal access, healthy recipes, fact sheets and pamphlets for your health.
Ebscohost Research Database: Access to many databases including the Bibliography of Native North Americans, Academic Search Elite, ERIC, Newswire, and many other helpful tools for your research needs.



Guide to Federal Websites for and about Native Americans focusing on tribal matters.



American Indian Health:

National Library of Medicine’s information portal with resources for the health and wellbeing of American Indians.



Oklahoma Digital Prairie: Digital content of
100 years of rich, vibrant history from the 46th State. Resources include documents, photographs, newspapers, reports, pamphlets, posters, maps and audio/visual content. Content ranges from the late 1800s to the present day.


Britannica School Edition

Britannica School: Discover encyclopedia articles, multimedia, primary sources, games, and other learning resources that support student research and reinforce curriculum standards.



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Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma GED Program

FREE GED CLASSES at the OES Building (the building behind D’mario’s in downtown Perkins, OK) every Tuesday and Thursday with our certified teacher, Kathleen Woods. You may take the GED or HiSET exam, and testing fees are covered by the program; all members of the community are welcome to attend.

Learning Express can help you with online GED preparation.

81 individuals have now received their GED Certificates.

Please feel free to share our GED Students Success Stories.

GED Test Preparation

2010-2011 Yearbook         2011-2012 Yearbook



Archives of the Iowa Tribal Library


Iowa Oral History & Language



The ITO Library would like to thank the Franklin M. Murray Family for providing the following recordings:


Brief History of Franklin M. Murray

Photo of Franklin M. Murray & wife – Franklin M. Murray with wife, Martha (McGlaslin) Murray – married September 1923, Second photo is Franklin M. Murray at Otoe Encampment in 1980 at the age of 85

Franklin M. Murray-Language Introduction