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Project Updates

City of Omaha approves $20 million commitment to new central public library

General Update, Jul. 2022

Margaret Sullivan Studio, HDR and Alley Poyner Macchietto Architecture complete the schematic design phase of the project

General Update, Jun. 2022

Margaret Sullivan Studio reports on the community engagement findings from public outreach efforts

General Update, May 2022

Omaha community invited to provide input on a new Central Omaha Public Library at 72nd and Dodge

Press Release, Mar. 15, 2022

Margaret Sullivan Studio, HDR and Alley Poyner Macchietto Architecture begin meeting with Omaha Public Library staff for further input

General Update, Jan. 2022

Omaha Public Library Board commits to continued exploration of proposed Do Space integration into new central public library through service model design development, creating Advisory Committee of library officials, city officials, and Do Space representatives to make recommendations

General Update, Jun. 2022

Margaret Sullivan Studio, HDR and Alley Poyner Macchietto Architecture present the schematic design at a community share out event

General Update, Jun. 2022

Margaret Sullivan Studio leads community engagement through community partner breakfasts, community open house, one-on-one interviews, and public and partner surveys

General Update, Apr. 2022

Focused exploration, schematic design and engagement phases begin for a new Omaha Public Library central location at 72nd and Dodge

Press Release, Jan. 28, 2022

Omaha Public Library, Omaha Public Library Foundation, Do Space, the City of Omaha and Heritage Omaha officially launch schematic design and engagement phase to continue exploration of the 72nd & Dodge location for construction of a new central public library

General Update, Jan. 2022

Local News

Omaha City Council approves $20M to central library project

WOWT, Jul. 26, 2022

Omaha City Council to consider new central library with expanded technology

The Reader, Jul. 20, 2022

Omaha City Council expresses support for central library project

Omaha World-Herald, Jul. 19, 2022

New library requesting $20 million in funding from city before private fundraising

KMTV, Jul. 19, 2022

Proposed committee would make recommendations on new main Omaha library

Omaha World-Herald, Jun. 14, 2022

New look at 72nd & Dodge library proposal

WOWT, Jun. 6, 2022

Plans for new Omaha library locations continue moving forward

WOWT, May 20, 2022

Proposed $100 million main library seen as "spectacular" addition to Omaha's crossroads

Omaha World-Herald, May 19, 2022

Omaha officials, nonprofit leaders hear from public on plans for future central library

Omaha World-Herald, Apr. 7, 2022

Omaha community encouraged to provide input on new central Omaha library

KPTM, Mar. 15, 2022

New strategic plan will provide a roadmap for Omaha Public Library

Omaha World-Herald, Mar. 6, 2022

Rachel Jacobson on the streetcar and library projects

1st Sky Omaha, Feb. 4, 2022

Omaha explores new 72nd and Dodge library branch

Nebraska Examiner, Jan. 28, 2022

Omaha proposing central public library at 72nd & Dodge

WOWT, Jan. 28, 2022

Do Space site a potential new location for main library branch

KPTM, Jan. 28, 2022

‘The library is so much more than just books’: Community shares its vision for library’s future

City approves millions for Omaha library move renovations

Omaha World-Herald, Jul. 26, 2022

Omaha City Council hears feedback on proposal for new central library

KETV, Jul. 19, 2022

New central library is looking for the city to contribute $20 million

KPTM, Jul. 19, 2022

Agreement: City to pay $20 million of new Omaha library cost and merge fundraising entities

Omaha World-Herald, Jun. 27, 2022

Interior of proposed $100 million central library will include community spaces, high tech areas

Omaha World-Herald, Jun. 6, 2022

The new central library photos are revealed & community members give their thoughts

KPTM, Jun. 6, 2022

'It's a visionary design,' Omaha Public Library board reveals look of proposed central library

KETV, May 20, 2022

Laura Marlane: Saying goodbye to W. Dale Clark Library is not the end of the story

Omaha World-Herald, May 1, 2022

Community opinions sought in design of new central Omaha library

WOWT, Apr. 7, 2022

City and private library partners seek public input on new main branch

Nebraska Examiner, Mar. 15, 2022

Library executive director: 'Dreaming big for the future'

Omaha World-Herald, Feb. 6, 2022

With potential new central library, Omaha officials envision ‘world-class space’

Omaha World-Herald, Jan. 28, 2022

Officials announce study to build central Omaha Public Library at 72nd and Dodge

KETV, Jan. 28, 2022

72nd and Dodge being considered for new central library site

KMTV, Jan. 28, 2022

Do Space in Omaha aims to break digital divide

‘We have an opportunity here’: Omaha Public Library board votes to support partnership with Heritage Services

National News

Beyond books: The 21st century public library

The golden age of public libraries dawns again

Why libraries may never stop being people places

Transforming our libraries: a letter to the editor by Margaret Sullivan

The time is now.

Public libraries are an integral part of what makes cities attractive places to live, work and play. Omaha Public Library contributes essential assets to our community and is foundational to the educational, cultural and social eco-system of our world-class city.

Partnerships are at the core of this project, and we’re working with local and national experts (including library staff) to ensure every aspect meets the highest standard.

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