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Common Soil

Designed to help local gardeners, farmers and library customers share open-pollinated seeds and information about gardening and seed saving.

Genealogy Events

Various Locations

Learn about your family history or local history at our genealogy events. Each has a unique focus designed to introduce you to new resources

Omaha Reads Book Nominations

OPL encourages the community to join together in reading one book during the month of September. Submit your recommendation here.

Retirement Transition Series Events

Various Locations

Whether you're nearing retirement or still a couple decades away, it's never too early to start planning for your future.

New Year, New Business Events

Various Locations

Make some professional New Year's resolutions! Attend classes that will help develop yourself and your business during January & February!

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Search Catalog Search Catalog
Search the catalog by keyword, format, language, location and other filtered options.
Search the catalog by keyword, format, language, location and other filtered options.
Hours & Locations Hours & Locations
See OPL branch library hours and locations. Find by address, ZIP code or see list of open branches. View map of all 12 library locations.
See OPL branch library hours and locations. Find by address, ZIP code or see list of open branches. View map of all 12 library locations.
Sign up for an library card Sign up for a Library Card
Apply on our website or come into any library with your photo I.D. If your I.D. doesn't have your current address, bring along a piece of ma…
Apply on our website or come into any library with your photo I.D. If your I.D. doesn't have your current address, bring along a piece of mail or a legal document with your name and current address on it.
Kids & Teens
Enter the Virginia Frank Writing Contest Enter the Virginia Frank Writing Contest
The writing contest is held each year in the spring, to recognize the creative writing talent of our area students. The contest is open now!
The writing contest is held each year in the spring, to recognize the creative writing talent of our area students. The contest is open now!
Request your own custom reading list Request your own custom reading list
Looking for a good book? We can help! Tell us what you like to read and we will make a reading list just for you! Read the books you want.
Looking for a good book? We can help! Tell us what you like to read and we will make a reading list just for you! Just answer a few questions about what you prefer. Read the books you want, fiction or non-fiction, audiobooks, ebooks and more available at any OPL location.
Events for Kids Ages Birth to 5 Events for Kids Ages Birth to 5
Various Locations
Storytimes, crafts, parties and more, all for the little one in your life!
Storytimes, crafts, parties and more, all for the little one in your life!
Explora for Elementary Students Explora for Elementary School Students
Browse by broad topic areas or search by any topic for full text popular magazine articles, encyclopedia entries, and other resources.
Ensure student and educator success with EBSCO’s interface for schools and public libraries. Designed to meet the unique needs of its users, Explora supports both student research and classroom instruction with rich, reliable content and easy-to-use functionality.
Homework Help Homework Help
All of our locations offer helpful staff, Live Homework Help® through tutor.com, informational databases & other reference materials.
All of our locations offer helpful staff, Live Homework Help® through tutor.com, informational databases & other reference materials.
Collections
Toy Library Toy Library
The Toy Library is a resource developed to make an impact toward serving more individuals and families. We offer more than 100 different age…
The Toy Library is a resource developed to make an impact toward serving more individuals and families. We offer more than 100 different age appropriate toys, including toys adapted for children with special needs.
Seed Library Seed Library
Search for seeds in person at Benson Branch, Bess Johnson Elkhorn Branch, South Omaha Library, or in the online catalog at omahalibrary.org.…
Omaha Public Library cardholders of all ages and levels of agricultural expertise are invited to use the Common Soil Seed Library. Search for seeds in person at Benson Branch, Bess Johnson Elkhorn Branch, South Omaha Library, or in the online catalog at omahalibrary.org.
The Persephone Collection The Persephone Collection
By Egetzschman
We’ve all heard that you can’t judge a book by its cover, but is it possible that you can judge 102 books by their covers?
We’ve all heard that you can’t judge a book by its cover, but is it possible that you can judge 102 books by their covers?
The Literacy Collection The Literacy Collection
By Egetzschman
What kind of books should a 22-year-old man read? Most young people in their 20s can read whatever they like...
What kind of books should a 22-year-old man read? Most young people in their 20s can read whatever they like...
Featured Resources
Ancestry® Library Edition Ancestry® Library Edition
Start searching billions of records and discover your family's story. For in-library use only.
Answers await everyone—whether professional or hobbyist, expert or novice, genealogist or historian— inside the thousands of databases of family information. User-friendly search tools and comprehensive indexing make it easy to start discovering personal histories.
Job & Career Accelerator Job & Career Accelerator
LearningExpress: Explore careers, search for jobs, create resumes and cover letters, and prep for interviews.
LearningExpress: Explore careers, search for jobs, create resumes and cover letters, and prep for interviews.
Mango Languages Mango Languages
Mango is an online language learning system teaching practical conversation skills for a variety of popular languages.
Mango Languages’ PhD-created, linguist-approved language-learning software teaches practical conversation in over 70 languages, while keeping the vibe fun and encouraging. With free mobile apps, hands-free learning features, progress tracking, and some seriously fresh marketin…
Value Line Value Line
Value Line gives you the power to evaluate investments with confidence.
Value Line gives you the power to evaluate investments with confidence.
Lynda.com Lynda.com
Take online classes from experts at your own pace, for free at OPL! Topics available include software, business, and design.
Take online classes from experts at your own pace, for free at OPL! Topics available include software, business, and design.
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