The staff at McKee Library likes to cook. We have some very dedicated home cooks and foodies on staff. Everyone we know has some happy connection to food, whether it's appreciating a well-made meal or the process of making a dish or trying new foods from far off places. That connection runs deep in this area and intertwines with the history and traditions of the 5-state region. We at the library thought the best way to preserve our history and promote the love of a good meal was to start a cookbook collection for the communities of our region.
Our collection is in three parts:
- Locally produced cookbooks - cookbooks produced by the organizations, families, and churches of our region. We have been and are still collecting cookbooks from the Oklahoma panhandle, the northern Texas panhandle, southeast Colorado, southwest Kansas, and northeast New Mexico. If we have two copies of a book, one will be available for check out. Books with no other copies will be available for viewing in the library.
- Award winning cookbooks - cookbooks that have won either a James Beard Foundation (JBF) award or an International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) award. These are the two premier awards in the cooking world. With the award winners, we hope to expand your horizons and introduce you to foods from far-off places.
- Donated commercial cookbooks - professionally produced cookbooks bought over the years and donated to the collection. We have been given some gems that have recipes not seen in a while and show trends in foods over the years.
We hope you will enjoy this collection.
Using the E-Books
We have a number of electronic books (e-books) that you are welcome to use. There are a few things to remember:
- You have to have an account in the library to access the link. Anyone with a OPSU identification card will have an account automatically. Anyone else will have to register with the library in person.
- Books can be in either HTML, PDF, or an automatic viewing format. Look at the page thoroughly.
- Sometimes the book will have a limit on the number of users who can access the book at once. If you can't get in, try again later.