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Omaha Public Library Foundation

Aug 15, 2018 12:43PM ● By Sponsored Content

Mission Statement

The Omaha Public Library Foundation raises funds and advocates for Omaha Public Library.

Wish List

An unrestricted gift to the Omaha Public Library Foundation is the best way to demonstrate your support. The Omaha Public Library Foundation accepts cash donations, bequests, memorials, stock transfers, and planned gifts. For more information , please call the Omaha Public Library Foundation.

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Since 1985, the Omaha Public Library Foundation (OPLF) has provided significant private funding totaling nearly $10 million for one purpose: enhancing Omaha Public Library. The Omaha Public Library Foundation believes a healthy and vibrant public library system contributes to the betterment of our community, aids in economic development, provides public gathering spaces, and creates a sense of community pride.

Brag Lines

The Omaha Public Library Foundation reads between the lines. The foundation supports Omaha Public Library by increasing community access to lifelong learning and literacy. Omaha Public Library is the only public library that serves all of Douglas County. Its 12 library branches are among the most frequently visited destinations in Nebraska, with more than 2 million visits last year alone. Nearly 60 percent of Greater Omaha residents have a library card. And those library patrons borrowed more than 3 million items from Omaha Public Library in 2017. Statistics like these prove that public libraries continue to serve as diverse and educational community destinations for children and families of all backgrounds. 

Pay it Forward

As an organization wholly separate from Omaha Public Library and the City of Omaha, OPLF seeks private support for improvements and enhancements which cannot be provided through local government funding. Designations are always welcome, but a gift given wherever most needed provides Omaha Public Library the flexibility to respond to critical needs or special opportunities that arise.

OPLF provides funds for remarkable programs and projects thanks to general or unrestricted donations.

Giving categories include:

  • Childhood literacy, programming, and services
  • Teen literacy, programming, and services
  • Adult literacy, programming, and services
  • Technology
  • Community outreach
  • Summer Reading Program
  • Genealogy

Omaha Public Library Foundation

215 S. 15th St. Omaha, NE 68102 402-444-4589

The Big Give was published in the September/October 2018 edition of Omaha Magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.