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'''Omaha Public Library''' is
a [[public library]] system for the city of [[Omaha, Nebraska]]. Originally founded in 1857, the library struggled for many years before formally forming in 1877. In 1895, the library became one of the first six in the nation to create a children's section. There are currently 12 libraries in the system.<ref name="Omaha Public Library">[http://omaha.lib.ne.us/earlyomaha/library/library_established.html Omaha Public Library.] Retrieved 1/11/08.</ref>
Real estate tycoon [[Byron Reed]] donated land and his vast collection of coins, books and manuscripts to the library in the early 1890s, and in 1894, Omaha Public Library opened in [[Omaha Public Library (building)|its first permanent home]] at 18th and Harney. A year later, Omaha Public Library became one of the first six public libraries in the nation to create a separate children’s section. A new central library called the [[W. Dale Clark Library]] opened at 14th and Farnam Streets in 1977 across from the [[Gene Leahy Mall]].
Of the 12 libraries in the system, the [[W. Dale Clark Library]]
currently houses the largest collection, including 7,000 genealogy books; 2,000 photos of the 1898 [[Trans-Mississippi International Exposition]]; a [[cuneiform]] collection; thousands of old postcards; and a rich collection of Omaha and Nebraska history resources.<ref name="Omaha Public Library"/>
[[Mildred L. Batchelder]], Namesake of the [[American Library Association]] award given to the publisher of a translated children's book was formerly a librarian at an Omaha Library. One of her stated goals in her work, which was encouraging the translation of children's books from around the world, was "to eliminate barriers to understanding between people of different cultures, races, nations, and languages."
The Omaha Public Library is governed by a nine-member [[board of directors]]. These people are appointed by the [[mayor of Omaha]] and confirmed by the Omaha City Council. Terms are for
3 years with the next appointment occurring May 31, 2012.<ref name="nlc.state.ne.us"/> The Board of Directors meet every third Wednesday of the month at different branches throughout the system. Meetings are open to the public and the agenda and minutes are posted on the Omaha Public Library website.<ref>[http://www.omahalibrary.org/about-us/board-of-directors Board of Directors] Omaha Public Library</ref>
==Friends of Omaha Public Library (FOPL)==
[[Image:Fopl logo.JPG|thumb|Friends of the Omaha Public Library]]
'''The Friends of Omaha Public Library (FOPL) ''' is a non-profit, volunteer run organization which helps to fund literacy and community outreach programs for Omaha Public Library and the Omaha community. FOPL raises money through membership support and sales of used books. General book sales are held quarterly at the W. Clarke Swanson Branch. The Friends of Omaha Public Library can also be found online on [[AbeBooks]] as the Omaha Library Friends and on [[eBay]] as the Friends of the Omaha Public Library.