From Roots to Growth: A Look Back with an Eye on the Future

Omaha Public Library has served the community for more than 150 years, and its rich history emphasizes the library's enduring mission to provide access to ideas, information, and innovative services. Over the years, OPL has adapted to technological advancements and the needs of the community, offering diverse services such as language learning, a seed library, and digital resources — in addition to its expansive collection of books and materials — truly serving as a community hub that provides a space for learning, socializing, and access to resources.

This video explores the origins of OPL, how it’s grown in its 150+ years, and takes a look toward the future.

On the Horizon

The site of the upcoming Central Library at 72nd and Dodge streets shows the most obvious sign of growth on the horizon as steel beams are moved into place and the form of the new building begins to take shape. Project partners celebrated this milestone at a beam signing on March 19, 2024, at HDR. The Central Library is expected to open to the public in 2026. Learn more about the project and see construction updates at

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In other news, a proposal to purchase land for a new library branch in southwest Omaha has been approved by the Omaha Public Library Board of Trustees. The Third Reading, Public Hearing, and Vote by the Omaha City Council will take place on April 2, 2024. The parcel of land is located at 204th and F streets. Currently, the Millard and Elkhorn branches of OPL are some of the busiest in the system, and the new branch will help serve the growing populations in southwest Omaha, increasing access and convenience.

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