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.
Before we were yoursMore Staff Picks +
Based on historical facts about the Tennessee Children’s Home Society orphanage, Wingate weaves a compelling and sometimes horrifying story about two young girls who were adopted from the orphanage. Each chapter takes you from present day to the 1930’s making the story easy to follow. I couldn’t help but researching Georgia Tann and the Tennessee Children’s Home Society. It’s not pleasant to read about, but it enticed me to check out “Mommie Dearest,” since Joan Crawford adopted two of her children from this orphanage.
The Dutch HouseMore Staff Picks +
Probably every family has dysfunction, definitely some more than others, and needless to say, the brother and sister who spent much of their formative years in the “Dutch House,” have quite a bit of dysfunction to deal with. The children have a very close relationship throughout their lives, mostly because they only had each other. How their feelings get manifested though, is what makes this story an excellent read. It's a bonus that Tom Hanks reads the audio version of the book.
Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them AllMore Staff Picks +
The unique narration from the point of view of a ghost watching Frankie in the Chicago Orphanage where she and her sister were left by their father temporarily leaves a haunting impression. Surviving the Great Depression with absolutely no control over their own lives, Frankie and her sister navigate teen years and the adult issues brought on early by poverty, war, and the new woman in their father's life. What will happen to Frankie? The ghost in her room is watching, eager to know and lend a hand as she is able.
ResistanceMore Staff Picks +
World War II historical fiction meets suspense in this page turner. Sixteen-year-old Chaya is a Jewish girl living in Poland in 1942. She looks more Polish than she does Jewish. That makes her a great courier who smuggles food and documents to the isolated Jewish ghettos in southern Poland. When a mission goes wrong she joins forces with someone she doesn't quite trust and finds herself on a journey to Warsaw. Now all they have to do is survive, for themselves, and for their people.
Inside Out: A MemoirMore Staff Picks +
Honestly, I wouldn't say I'm a huge Demi Moore fan, but I did walk away from this audio book with some newfound respect! Despite becoming the highest paid actress in Hollywood and her stunning good looks, she hasn't had the easiest life!
Fifty things that aren’t my faultMore Staff Picks +
If you have enjoyed the writing of Erma Bombeck and Nora Ephron, you will enjoy this book by Cathy Guisewite, the creator of the "Cathy" comic strip. Every essay will give you something to laugh about, relate to, or a bit of a life lesson. The humor and wisdom that was relayed in her comic strip is evident throughout the book.
The Body: A guide for occupantsMore Staff Picks +
In the style of several of Bill Bryson's other books, namely "At Home" and "One Summer," this book goes into great detail about our most precious gift, our body. Packed with information, statistics, and descriptions, it's the kind of book you'll need to read at least twice just to absorb the text. I am a huge Bill Bryson fan and books like this keep me coming back for more.
Rusty BrownMore Staff Picks +
Genius cartoonist Chris Ware delivers yet again with the monumental Rusty Brown. Ware's meticulous illustrations and evocative text shine a light on the pathetic shortcomings and revelatory triumphs in the lives of five disparate individuals at a Omaha high school.
TroublemakerMore Staff Picks +
In Troublemaker, Leah Remini recounts her upbringing in the church of Scientology. She pulls back the curtain on the inner workings of the church and some of the bizarre practices and personalities involved. Ultimately we see her break with the church and consequently what this means for her and her family and friends. She becomes an outspoken critic of the church when she demands to know the whereabouts of her friend and the wife of the leader of Scientology, Shelly Miscavige. This inquiry is the beginning of Leah's constant harassment and slandering by the higher ups of this cult masquerading as a religion.
This Blessed EarthMore Staff Picks +
This Blessed Earth follows a Nebraska family for one year and details the struggles and successes of running a family farm. Amid the corporate takeover of land and livestock, fluctuating markets and the unpredictability of weather, family farms have the deck stacked against them. Genoways gives readers an intimate look into what it takes to survive year to year in an increasingly demanding occupation.