In 1872, after several attempts at establishing a public library, the Omaha Library Association opened in the Simpson Carriage Factory at 14th and Dodge Streets to support lifelong learning, literacy and public space, and to encourage citizens to learn, think, debate and grow. That vision continues today at your Omaha Public Library.
With more than 140 years of service to Omaha and Douglas County, Omaha Public Library has grown to 12 locations throughout the city, four of which are used as mixed-use facilities that include partnerships with Metropolitan Community College, Omaha Public Schools and Omaha Parks and Recreation.
As a whole, the library system lends more than 3 million items each year and sees more than 2.3 million visitors, making it the most visited institution in Nebraska. In addition, the library offers access to computers, Internet, e-book and music downloads, multiple databases and various other research tools and entertainment items.
Omaha Public Library is governed by a nine-member board of trustees. Trustees are appointed by the mayor and confirmed by the City Council to serve a three-year term.
Meetings are scheduled for the third Wednesday of each month at different locations. Meetings are open to the public, and meeting minutes are available at omahalibrary.org. The next meeting will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Elkhorn Library, 2100 Reading Plaza. Everyone is welcome to attend to listen, learn and voice their thoughts.
Beginning in October, we will highlight one of the 12 locations each month. Each branch has a distinct personality, as well as staff, programs and collections that uniquely serve the needs of its community.
Follow along each month to learn something new about the library and discover its role in the history of Omaha. Learn more about the branch you love and uncover some hidden treasures at others.