In its near-50-year history, Swanson Library has overcome challenges

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Posted: Saturday, January 11, 2014 12:00 am

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When proposed as Omaha Public Library's sixth permanent branch location, Swanson Library, 9101 West Dodge Road, was considered a solution to the increased migration of families to west Omaha. However, Swanson Library almost didn't happen. Prior to the donation of the land at 90th Street and West Dodge Road by the Swanson family, plans were already underway for a new library at 78th and Pacific Streets. Within a year of the Swanson family's donation, the plans for the Pacific Street library were abandoned.

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