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.
Elbow GreaseMore Staff Picks +
Elbow Grease ("Bo" for short) is a little electric powered monster truck with a big problem...four big brother monster trucks who are bigger, faster, tougher and braver than he is. But Bo always tries to do his best, and doesn't let this stand in the way of following his dreams, because he has something his brothers don't...Gumption!
Love & OlivesMore Staff Picks +
Once I started I couldn't stop! The author did a fantastic job of drawing me in and making me want to learn more about the stories setting (Greece)! I love when a book inspires you do dig deeper! The story is real, transformative, inspiring, and very entertaining! It led me to stay up way past my bedtime to see what happens! It is the 3rd book in her series but all 3 books are stand alone stories so you don't have to have read the others to enjoy this one!
The Book of MistakesMore Staff Picks +
Mistakes are a chance to learn and grow. This book will encourage young artists to use their imagination to turn a mistake into an opportunity.
Every Little ThingMore Staff Picks +
Bob Marley's daughter, Cedella, adapted his song "Three Little Birds" for this cheerful board book. See if you can read it without singing and dancing!
The Sisters Grimm: The Fairy-Tale DetectivesMore Staff Picks +
Welcome to Fairyport Landing, where Snow White is your teacher and fairies are your next door neighbors. But be warned, not all of the creatures you meet will be friendly. Will Sabrina and Daphne, descendants of the Brothers Grimm, be able to solve the mysteries behind the mounting danger in time to save each other and the town?
The Wicked and the Divine, Vol 1. the Faust ActMore Staff Picks +
Every 90 years, a pantheon of 12 deities return as young people, only to die two years later. "They are loved. They are hated." This time, they are popstars. The artwork in this graphic novel is amazing and very detailed! I highly recommend this series for fans of fantasy, mythology, mystery, intensity and a little ounce of romance.
The Poppy WifeMore Staff Picks +
The story takes place in England/France just after the end of WWI. Focused on the grief that families felt, a Veteran tours the communities and cemeteries to locate graves or locations of "the last battle" to photograph and send to them. His sister-in-law, a widow does not believe her husband is dead, and pursues the country searching for him. This book is a different approach on the WWI stories of the last few years.
The Pull of the StarsMore Staff Picks +
Emma Donoghue, author of Room and several others, creates an intense and timely novel about the flu epidemic in 1918 Ireland. Throughout, the author leads you through this period in time with rich and complex historically driven characters and situations. Full disclosure: there are several intense and difficult hospital childbirth scenes throughout.
Mexican GothicMore Staff Picks +
Highly unusual. I really recommend listening to this creepy, historical horror novel. This will be made into a Hulu series in the future, which I'm sure will be even more chilling visually!
Antiracist BabyMore Staff Picks +
While I would not necessarily read this board book to a little human, I would read this board book to help me raise a better human.