Our Storied History

Since its creation in 1985, the Omaha Public Library Foundation has raised more than $10 million in private funds for a wide range of library needs.

The Omaha Public Library Foundation has become Omaha Public Library’s essential partner in reaching private donors and volunteers. It remains committed to the goal of a great library system for a great city.

The Omaha Public Library Foundation is the largest, single private supporter of Omaha Public Library. As the library foundation looks back on its accomplishments, it is poised for an even greater future full of gifts for the library.

None of this would be possible without the generous support of our donors.

Over the years, these special drives have resulted in donations of more than $10 million to Omaha Public Library through ongoing fundraising, grant writing, and planned giving.

Some of our proudest moments include:

  • Computerizing the library’s card catalog;
  • Creating teen centers at Charles B. Washington Branch and the South Omaha Library;
  • Expanding and strengthening the children’s collection through Books for Kids drives;
  • Purchasing Kid’s Connection public access computers at every branch for children to complete school work and for adults to apply for jobs online;
  • Writing numerous grants for the library that have resulted in notable gifts such as $100,000 from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for public use computers;
  • Underwriting the annual Summer Reading Program and other programs such as Baby Reads;
  • Fundraising for library projects through the newsletter, annual giving campaigns, and memorial gifts; and
  • Creating the Sustaining Patron program under which major donors agree to contribute
    $1,000 or more annually.