Omaha Public Library seeks community input through facilities forums

The Omaha Public Library (OPL) Board of Trustees is seeking public input on a recently updated Master Facilities Plan. Facilitated conversations about the future of OPL’s facilities will take place at five area library branches. All are welcome to attend. Each forum is expected to last two hours. Those who are unable to attend a forum are encouraged to provide their feedback through a survey available at all 12 OPL locations or online at omahalibrary.org.

  • Monday, August 286-8 p.m. at W. Clarke Swanson Branch, 9101 W. Dodge Rd., 402-444-4852
  • WednesdaySeptember 66-8 p.m. at Charles B. Washington Branch, 2868 Ames Ave., 402-444-4849
  • MondaySeptember 116-8 p.m. at Millard Branch, 13214 Westwood Ln., 402-444-4848
  • WednesdaySeptember 136-8 p.m. at Bess Johnson Elkhorn Branch, 2100 Reading Plz., 402-289-4367
  • ThursdaySeptember 146-8 p.m. at South Omaha Library, 2808 Q St., 402-444-4850

The updated Master Facilities Plan by library consultant Himmel & Wilson recommended five priorities for library facilities.

1) Build a new "southwest" branch in the area of 180th & Q to alleviate the traffic at Millard Branch and serve the growing westward population.

2) Replace Willa Cather Branch with a facility near 63rd & Center to serve populations west of the existing facility and overlapping populations from South Omaha Library.

3) Replace Bess Johnson Elkhorn Branch with a larger and more accessible facility.

4) Replace W. Dale Clark Main Library and W. Clarke Swanson Branch simultaneously. Main Library would be replaced with a smaller downtown branch, while Swanson Branch would be replaced with a larger, central library somewhere along the Dodge Street corridor between 72nd and 90th streets. The central library would house administrative functions and special collections.

5) Replace Saddlebrook Branch with a larger facility for a growing population.

Community feedback is needed to help gauge the level of support for each recommendation. You may review a copy of the plan and its recommendations at your neighborhood OPL branch or omahalibrary.org.

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