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Help for the Homeless: Welcome!

Welcome to the Omaha Public Library!

Welcome to the Omaha Public Library! We are a safe place and staff are here to help, whatever your needs may be. Stop in to request staff assistance finding resources to help fill your needs, or use this guide to find local organizations that can help. 

Use the tabs above to navigate to what you need, and see the calendar linked on the right to find services and programs available in your local library. 

Notices & Upcoming Events

Back to School Bash | Stratford Square Complex

6836 S 27th Street | Omaha

Saturday, August 1 | 2-5pm

Free school supplies, free food, bounce house, music & community resources! 

 

Distribution of Back Packs | Salvation Army & KETV

Salvation Army North Corps | 2424 Pratt Street | Omaha

Joan & Ray Kroc Center | 2825 Y Street | Omaha

August 7 | 9-12 and 1-4

August 8 | 9-12 & 12:30-2

Omaha Public Library Millard Branch | 13214 Westwood Lane | Omaha

August 8 | 9-12

Please bring parent identification and ONE of the following for each child: Social Security Card, Birth Certificate, or proof of school enrollment. 

 

School Supply Giveaway | Vertical Youth Center

5327 S 139th Plaza | Omaha

Saturday, August 8 | 2-4pm

Do your kids need school supplies? Join us Saturday, August 8 to receive a backpack and school supplies for your children. Let us help you start your children's school year off right!

 

Free Dental Clinic | Hosted by Iowa Mission of Mercy

September 11 & 12, 2015 at Mid-America Center, Council Bluffs

The clinic opens at 6am and will accept patients until capacity is reached. Patients are served on a first-come, first-served basis - you are encouraged to arrive early and be prepared to wait in line. 

Apply for a library card

If you are a temporary resident, staying at a shelter, halfway house, or treatment facility in Douglas County, Nebraska you can get a library card. You may choose to get a library card which allows you to check out materials (2 items at a time, good for 3 months), or just use the computers only (no materials, good for 1 year). 

Check out materials:

You will need to bring photo ID and proof of current address if you wish check-out privileges. If you do not have business mail or some accepted proof of the shelter address, please ask a shelter staff member for the Library Letter that we supply directly to the shelters. This form letter should be on blue and white library stationery and signed by a staff member at the shelter. Photocopies in black and white are not accepted.

Once you provide both photo ID and proof of address you will be issued a library card good for 3 months. At the end of the 3 month period you will need to show photo ID and proof of address again.

If you move to a permanent address at any time please provide proof of this address and photo ID to staff to change to a permanent resident card. 

All regular fines & fees apply to any materials checked out. Please view the Omaha Public Library's Circulation Rules for more information on loan periods and fees charged for overdue materials. 

Computer access only:

You will need to bring proof of current address if you wish to get an Internet Access card. If you do not have business mail or some accepted proof of the shelter address, please ask a shelter staff member for the Library Letter that we supply directly to the shelters. This form letter should be on blue and white library stationery and signed by a supervisor at the shelter. Photocopies in black and white are not accepted.

Once you provide proof of address you will be issued a library card good for one year. At the end of the year period you will need to show proof of address again. 

 

Services @ Your Library

Many of OPL's locations offer services right in the building! Visit our List of Events to find out more about ESL and GED classes, health screenings, computer classes, recreation activities, and more - all FREE at your library! 

United Way 2-1-1

Nebraska 2-1-1 keeps an accurate and comprehensive database that you can use to find health and human services to meet your needs.  Call 2-1-1 or visit their database to find resources in Southwest Iowa and Nebraska. 

Thanks

Omaha Public Library would like to thank Keith Neil for the abundance of information he provided us for this Libguide.