Naming Library Buildings, Departments, and Spaces Policy


The naming of all new library buildings and existing library buildings undergoing significant renovation and expansion is the responsibility of the OPL Board of Trustees.


The following guidelines will be used for naming library buildings, departments, and spaces:

  1. After a location, subdivision, neighborhood, well-recognized landmark, or adjacent street.
  2. In honor of an individual or institution providing a major donation of land and/or funds for the facility in an amount equal to at least 50% of the total cost of the project.
  3. Buildings may be named in honor of a person who has been deceased for at least 10 years and who has rendered valuable service to and has had a positive influence on the development of the OPL system or the community, or a person who was a literary or artistic figure of national prominence who has significant local or regional ties.
  4. Departments may be named in recognition of a significant contribution from a sponsor or partner.
  5. Areas within libraries may be named in recognition of an individual or organization making a donation of funds equal to the cost of construction and furnishing of the space.
  6. A unanimous vote of the OPL Board of Trustees will allow exceptions to the above rules.


A committee consisting of three members of the OPL Board of Trustees and the executive library director will bring recommendations for naming library buildings, departments, and spaces to the full OPL Board of Trustees for their approval.

Naming of a building shall not be official until final action has been taken by the OPL Board of Trustees.

Approved by the Board of Trustees
of the Omaha Public Library September 10, 1986
Re-approved July 18, 2019

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