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.
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.
BunnyMore Staff Picks +
Bunny is a psychological thriller about a grad student named Samantha who is enrolled in a writing program. She is a loner compared to her peers in the program who are a cliquey group of overly sentimental rich girls who call each other "Bunny." Her view of them changes when they invite her to socialize and she ditches her only friend Ava to be with them. During this time, the line between reality and a horrific fantasy world are blurred and Samantha must determine who she can trust, including herself.
BobMore Staff Picks +
When Livy arrives at her grandmother's Australian farm after 5 years away, she soon discovers Bob--a creature living in the closet--a friend--whom she had forgotten all about. An alternating narrative reveals a story of enduring friendship as Bob and Livy try to solve the mystery of Bob's presence at Gran's house. I always love a book that helps me believe in a little magic in the world.
O Pioneers!More Staff Picks +
It’s hard to believe that I grew up in the Midwest and had not read a Cather book. It’s true, and sad that it took me this long, and this won’t be my last. This book hit all the marks with good times, bad times, sad times, and triumphs. The descriptions of the weather alone will cause you to look around and marvel at her depictions of the place where you live. Even if you’ve read it, I recommend you read it again!
Ninth HouseMore Staff Picks +
Galaxy "Alex" Stern, a survivor, has won a place at Yale because of her ability to see ghosts. She's the newest initiate of Lethe, the ninth of the university's notorious secret societies, responsible for oversight whenever magical rituals are conducted by the other eight. Alex is supposed to learn how all the societies operate, make sure they're not breaking the rules, keep ghosts from interrupting arcane rites, and take a full load of courses and keep up appearances. Then Alex's mentor disappears and a townie with connections to several societies is murdered. Alex's violent past hasn't necessarily prepared her for the academic and arcane rigors of Yale, but she finds she is admirably suited to the role of tenacious detective as she works to understand how all the puzzle pieces fit together.
Talking to StrangersMore Staff Picks +
Malcolm Gladwell never disappoints. I’m a big fan of his books simply because he forces his readers to think. “Talking to Strangers” upends many of our preconceived notions about strangers. He grabs current stories from the news and takes them apart bit by bit to show us how we often get things wrong—especially when dealing with those we don’t know. The audio version is a must as Gladwell inserts live audio throughout the book.