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.
PumpkinheadsMore Staff Picks +
Pumpkinheads is a fall-tastic graphic novel! Deja and Josiah are seasonal friends. They have worked together through their high school years at the best pumpkin patch ever! But this is their last season, last shift, last goodbye.
Dear Girls: intimate tales, untold secrets, and advice for living your best lifeMore Staff Picks +
Ali Wong is a comedienne, although she also works as an actor and has been in several television productions. Her book is a memoir written for her daughters, although she makes it a point to say that they need to be much older before reading this book. It is indeed raw in some respects—not suitable reading for children, but I found it interesting in reading about her life growing up in San Francisco as an Asian American, and, of course, funny because she is a stand-up comedian and enjoys making people laugh.
Sisters of Shadow and LightMore Staff Picks +
It took me a little bit to get into the story at first but then I was hooked. Beautifully written foray into the world of fantasy and magic with real-world elements that bring the characters to life.
I’m Your HuckleberryMore Staff Picks +
A lovely, lovely read! I first fell in love with Val Kilmer when I watched Real Genius in high school (I think I’ve seen it 6 times!) In this book, he reminisces on his life, career, loves, triumphs, and failures all with self-effacing wonderment and cocky reflection. He’s wonderfully weird, he speaks to you the reader as a friend, and I just loved it.
The Stranger Beside MeMore Staff Picks +
The Stranger Beside Me details Ted Bundy's life and focuses on the murders he committed in the 1970s. Ann Rule has a unique perspective in that she befriended Ted before it was known he was a serial killer and was in fact writing about and researching the crimes Ted was committing. After finding out about the true Ted, she decided to write this book detailing her experience.
Red NoticeMore Staff Picks +
Bill Browder details his time in Russia as a hedge fund manager and how he came to the attention of Vladimir Putin after uncovering corruption within the Russian government. After hiring Sergei Magnitsky to investigate the Russian government's allegations that Browder evaded paying taxes, Magnitsky found far reaching corruption between Russian oligarchs and the government. This prompted the Russians to blacklist Browder and try and convict him in absentia for trumped up charges. Magnitsky was subsequently imprisoned, tortured and killed and this sparked Bill Browder's campaign to pursue justice for his friend and spread awareness of fraud throughout Putin's Russia.
Unknown Pleasures : inside Joy DivisionMore Staff Picks +
Unknown Pleasures is the story of the short-lived and mysterious band Joy Division. Peter Hook, the bassist, recounts the formation, rise and abrupt end of the band with Ian Curtis' (lead singer) untimely death. Hook is straightforward, honest and a bit saucy in his recollection of his former band and band mates.
Leaving Richard’s ValleyMore Staff Picks +
A group of talking animals, including a raccoon, a dog, and a spider, leave a cult led by an egomaniac named Richard and struggle to survive in the big city. Michael DeForge deftly mixes wry humor with heartfelt anguish to pry open the complexities of living in the modern world.
The Death of StalinMore Staff Picks +
In this dark comedy, Stalin's inner circle scrambles to fill the power vacuum after his death and hilarity ensues. Though taking some Hollywood liberties, this is a rather accurate satire of how the most powerful people in the Soviet Union squabbled and fought over how the country should move forward after their 'beloved' leader has died.
Letters of NoteMore Staff Picks +
This collection of letters provides an intimate glimpse at the correspondences of some of the most noteworthy and notorious figures in history. Whether it's Queen Elizabeth II providing President Eisenhower with her scones recipe or Mohandas Gandhi pleading with Hitler to choose peace instead of war a month before he invaded Poland, there is bound to be a letter that speaks to you.