Look at the countless projects the library foundation has funded. None of this would have been accomplished without the generosity of our donors. Omaha Public Library remains grossly underfunded; but, it would be much worse without us.
— Richard Kelley, Omaha Public Library Foundation founding member

Omaha Public Library Deserves Only the Best

Private gifts have made thousands of programs and services available to Omaha Public Library patrons throughout our community for more than thirty years. Giving an unrestricted gift to the Omaha Public Library Foundation allows for the greatest amount of flexibility to apply these funds where they are needed most.

The following seven giving levels have been created for our donors.

  • $150
  • $300
  • $500
  • $1,000
  • $2,500
  • $5,000
  • $10,000

We recognize that donors may wish to support specific library programs and services. To maximize your gift, in coordination with library leadership, the follow ongoing categories have been created for designation purposes.

Childhood Literacy, Programming, and Services. Baby Reads, Every Child Ready to Read, Early Childhood Literacy Calendar, costume characters, children’s programming at all twelve branches, craft supplies, and children’s author visits.

Teen Literacy, Programming, and Services. Literacy programs, teen book clubs, teen poetry bash, after school programming, teen programming, andteen author programs.

Adult Literacy, Programming, and Services. Adult book clubs, Omaha Reads, adult programming, and literacy programming.

Technology. Tutor.com, Mango Language database, laptops, and Overdrive stations.

Community Outreach. June Family Fair, Kwanzaa programs, and general community outreach.

Summer Reading Program


Honorary and Memorial Gifts

Honorary and memorial gifts are a thoughtful way to pay tribute to someone you care about or express your sympathy. A personalized letter will be sent to the individual or family being honored, and all gifts are listed in Omaha Public Library’s quarterly newsletter Connect.

To make an honorary or memorial gift, please contact the Omaha Public Library Foundation at foundation@omahalibrary.org or (402) 444-4589.

Corporations and Foundations

The Omaha Public Library Foundation is grateful for the support we receive from businesses and foundations. Their commitment to the public/private partnership of funding for Omaha Public Library ensures residents of Omaha and Douglas County have access to a vibrant and world-class library system.

To learn more about corporate giving opportunities through the Omaha Public Library Foundation, send an email to foundation@omahalibrary.org or call (402) 444-4589.

Legacy Giving

Making a lasting gift to the Omaha Public Library Foundation can be accomplished a number of ways. All gifts to the Omaha Public Library Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, are tax deductible.

Charitable Gifts of Securities
Stocks, bonds, or mutual funds that have been held for at least one year (and have appreciated in value) offer special tax advantages. You will receive a tax deduction for the full market value of your gift to the Omaha Public Library Foundation, but you will not pay capital gains tax on the appreciated amount.

Life Insurance
You can support Omaha Public Library by making the Omaha Public Library Foundation the owner and beneficiary of your life insurance policy.  

Planned Gifts
Planned giving allows you the opportunity to carefully select the best method for making a charitable gift to benefit Omaha Public Library. A gift to the Omaha Public Library Foundation will allow you to take full advantage of tax laws to accomplish your financial and charitable goals, including:

  • Bequests by will or living trust
  • Charitable gift annuities
  • Charitable remainder trusts
  • Charitable lead trusts
  • Beneficiary benefits from IRAs, pensions, a bank or other financial accounts

This information is for your general education. It is prudent to consult your legal and financial advisors for more specific information. Our staff is available to help plan your legacy by developing a meaningful contribution that meets your needs and intentions. Please contact us today: foundation@omahalibrary.org or (402) 444-4589.