Books, Music & More
Explore this page and find all of our books, music, magazines, DVDs and more, all available to you! Make sure to check out our featured reads if you’re looking for a great new book, or contact our Interlibrary Loan Department for locating materials from libraries around the world.
Free Admission to Local Area Attractions
Fontenelle Forest encompass nearly 2,000 acres of forest, prairie, and wetlands along the Missouri River and is one of Nebraska’s oldest conservation organizations and one of the largest private nature centers in the nation.
Day passes to Fontenelle Forest are available to borrow. Passes are valid only on the day indicated and must be returned to the library within 5 days of checkout. Passes admit 2 adults and children under 18 from the same household. Passes are available on a first come, first serve basis. Holds cannot be placed on passes and only one pass can be checked out on an adult card at one time.
Heartland Bcycle is the first large-scale municipal bike sharing system in the Omaha metro area, with over 60 station locations throughout the metro! Checking out a pass will give you FREE unlimited 1-hour trips. For a list of stations, please visit the Heartland Bcycle website.
Heartland Bcycle passes are available to borrow. Passes will give you FREE unlimited 1-hour trips and must be returned to the library within 5 days of checkout. Bikes cannot be kept over nights. Passes are available on a first come, first serve basis. Holds cannot be placed on passes and only one pass can be checked out on an adult card at one time.
Lauritzen Gardens is a living museum of unique four-season plant displays, maintained to the highest standards consistent with environmental stewardship. Escape to an urban oasis of beauty and tranquility to experience the glory of the garden. Discover a hidden sanctuary in the heart of the city. Relax while cultivating your mind in this living plant museum, conveniently located in the beautiful riverfront hills.
A family pass to Lauritzen Gardens is available to borrow. The pass must be returned to the library within 5 days of checkout. The family pass admits 2 adults and children under 18 from the same household and is not eligible for any Lauritzen Garden membership benefits other than admission. Passes are available on a first come, first serve basis. Holds cannot be placed on passes.
Omaha Children’s Museum is the most visited museum in Nebraska and features outstanding interactive permanent exhibits focused on art, science and early childhood education, providing a variety of hands-on exhibits, workshops, programs, presentations and special events that put children in touch with their ever-changing world.
One-time use passes are available to adult library card holders residing in Council Bluffs, Crescent, Minden, McClelland, Treynor, Underwood, or unincorporated and rural areas of Pottawattamie County. A finite number of passes are distributed throughout the year during 3 sessions. Passes are available on a first come, first serve basis and admit up to 4 individuals. Holds cannot be placed on passes and an individual can only receive one pass per session. Other restrictions may apply.
Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, consistently ranked one of the world’s best zoos, is the ultimate interactive zoo experience and a biological park leading the nation’s conservation efforts. Walk through the world’s largest indoor desert and the largest indoor rainforest in North America. Explore exotic locations and underground caves to see thousands of animals from across the globe in their natural habitat. With more than 7 acres of indoor exhibits, Omaha’s Zoo is a year-round must-do.
One-time use passes are available to adult library card holders residing in Council Bluffs, Crescent, Minden, McClelland, Treynor, Underwood, or unincorporated and rural areas of Pottawattamie County. A finite number of passes are distributed throughout the year during 4 sessions. Passes are available on a first come, first serve basis and admit up to 2 adults and 6 children. Holds cannot be placed on passes and an individual can only receive one pass per session. Other restrictions may apply.
Sally’s Candy Addiction: Tasty Truffles, Fudges & Treats for Your Sweet-Tooth FixMore Staff Picks +
Generally speaking, I don't require a reason to indulge a craving for a sweet treat; I just require consciousness. If you are more disciplined than I, take heart! With National Candy Month coming up in June, now is the perfect moment to justify the joys of chocolate, caramel, peanut butter, and heated sugars of infinite variety! Sally McKenney, baking genius and creator of the Sally's Baking Addiction blog, offers up recipes that will satiate even the deepest desires for dental disaster. So grab your thermometer, your measuring cups, and your elastic-waistbanded pants! It's CANDY time!
Goldilocks and the Three BearsMore Staff Picks +
This retelling of Goldilocks is fun to read for grown-ups and kids alike. The story stays close to the original with some clever added asides for the grown-up reader. I love the illustrations in this book, which are all photographs of dolls. They are a little creepy and a lot fabulous!
The Republic of ThievesMore Staff Picks +
With what should have been the greatest heist of their career gone spectacularly sour, Locke and his trusted partner, Jean, have barely escaped with their lives. Or at least Jean has. But Locke is slowly succumbing to a deadly poison. Yet just as the end is near, a mysterious Bondsmage offers Locke an opportunity that will either save him or finish him off once and for all. All the action and devious scheming that made the first two books so much fun!
The StrikerMore Staff Picks +
It is 1902, and a bright, inexperienced young man named Isaac Bell, only two years out of his apprenticeship at the Van Dorn Detective Agency, is hired to hunt for radical unionist saboteurs in the coal mines in the US. Cussler has the ability to keep me in suspense, holding my breath as I am hunting with Bell for the provocateurs of the radical unionist saboteurs in the coal mines, and learning about a piece of US history!
Look Alive 25More Staff Picks +
Stephanie Plum, Jersey girl and bounty hunter extraordinaire, is stepping into the manager's shoes...well, shoe, to keep her bosses fast food deli afloat. It's a bit scary in that the managers keep disappearing minus one shoe. With her usual bit of luck and with help from both her boyfriend Joe Morelli and Ranger, Stephanie gets herself into more trouble as she tries to solve the mystery with the shoe. This book by Evanovich held a couple of good laughs, as I am caught in the moment of Stephanie's quirky adventures.
Major Pettigrew’s Last StandMore Staff Picks +
Major Pettigrew likes life orderly and routine. Circumstances related to his brother dying make it become a tumbled, chaotic spin with his family, and his club when he gets acquainted with Mrs. Jasmina Ali, the Pakistani shopkeeper from the village. The story takes a look at how an attraction between a man and a woman not only effects them, but also their families and the community, when prejudice is involved. The dry, straight faced British humor adds to the charm of this story.
GeekerellaMore Staff Picks +
A modern twist on the Cinderella story, this book kept me entertained the whole way through! Such a good story! The characters come to life and I felt like I was right there with them!
How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and TranscendenceMore Staff Picks +
What begins as a study of the history of psychedelics as therapy transforms into a personal journey as author Michael Pollan does some experimenting of his own. By meticulously documenting his various 'inner' trips, Pollan allows the reader a glimpse into the power of these mind-altering substances and illustrates their ability to dissolve boundaries, allowing the user a new perspective on the world around them.
Check Me OutMore Staff Picks +
Great story about a librarian who juggles romance with a job she loves and is struggling to keep. I love the depth of the characters and how the feelings of love can feel different to everyone. Greta also sends some sweet tweets! #GoToTheLibrary
H.E.R.More Staff Picks +
Need a new R & B artist that owns every step of their artistic and production craft? This self-title album by H.E.R. will not disappoint. I was lucky enough to catch her TV performance at the Grammy's, and I was hooked. Of the 5-6 times I played this album on my CD player, I did not tire of it once. Have a listen!