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Information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is available on the Lancaster County Health Department Website
Please see below for information about Lincoln City Libraries' response to the current situation.

Due dates have been extended to July 1.

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  • 2020 Summer Reading Challenge

    Imagine Your Story The 2020 Summer Reading Challenge begins June 1! You can register starting May 26!

    Summer Reading images are copyrighted. Contact the CSLP at 1-866-657-8556 or info@cslpreads.org for more information.

  • Library Offering Drive-Through Drop Off

    photo of pile of booksLincoln City Libraries will offer patrons Drop-Off Fridays May 22 and 29, an opportunity to return materials without leaving their vehicles. Materials will be accepted from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at all LCL locations except the Williams Branch. Containers will be located outside of the libraries for these events only, and no walk-up returns will be accepted. Staff will be available to assist if needed.

  • One Book – One Lincoln Top Ten

    One Book - One LincolnThis week on the One Book – One Lincoln Facebook page, we are counting down the top ten books (in no particular order) leading up to the announcement of the FINAL THREE books on Memorial Day! Check in each day to get to know a little bit about each of the books.

  • Holiday Closing

    photo of American flagLincoln City Libraries will be closed Sunday, May 24 and Monday, May 25 in observance of Memorial Day.

     

  • Our Response to COVID-19

    Here are the answers to our most common questions about Library services during the COVID-19 pandemic:

    Are the Libraries open?

    All Lincoln City Libraries are closed to the public except to pick up items on hold. All library locations (except Williams Branch and the Lied Bookmobile) currently offer pickup service only. Until further notice, all library locations will close at 6:00 p.m. daily.

    Williams Branch in Arnold Elementary School will be closed as long as public schools are not in session.

    The Lied Bookmobile’s service is suspended until further notice.

    How do I check out materials while the Libraries are closed to the public?

    1. Reserve materials by placing holds via our catalog or by calling 402-441-8500.
    2. When your holds are available, you will receive pickup instructions.
    3. Pickup procedures and parking options will vary by location.

    When are items that I already have checked out due?

    All due dates have been extended to July 1. Please do not return items yet. Watch for information about when we will start accepting returned items.

    Please remember that our e-Books and downloadable audiobooks from OverDrive, streaming movies and music from Hoopla, and other online resources remain available. Online materials checked out are automatically returned on their due dates.

    If you have Interlibrary Loan checkouts and have questions about their due dates, please contact our Interlibrary Loan office at 402-441-8537.

    What about your storytimes and other programs?

    All regular Library programming is cancelled until further notice.

    Read Aloud LINCOLN: Read today. Succeed tomorrow.Read Aloud Lincoln is live streaming Toddler Times at 9:30 a.m. and Preschool Storytimes at 10:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday. Read Aloud Lincoln Virtual Storytimes and a more detailed schedule are available here.

    We are planning for our annual Summer Reading Challenge, but it will be a little different than usual this year. Watch for more information coming soon!

    An Important Note About Summer Reading Program Volunteers

    Because of the pandemic, we are not in a position to train and use volunteers in our customary way for the Summer Reading Challenge this year. We know that this will be disappointing for many youth and their parents, but we feel certain that this is the safest decision, given what we know now about social distancing. Thank you for your understanding.

     

    My group had a meeting room reserved. Will we still be able to meet at the Library?

    All meeting room reservations are cancelled until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience.

  • Need Help Getting Started with Our Online Materials?

    We know that sometimes a little help is needed for getting started with our online eBooks, audiobooks, movies, and music. Here are some videos that can help!

    OverDrive provides this introductory video about their Libby app.

    Hoopla provides these introductory videos for these platforms (click to expand):

    Web browsers

    iOS (Apple devices)

    Android devices

    And this YouTube playlist provides help getting started with our Music Online resources!

  • New Podcast

    PodcastParticipants in the Just Desserts Mystery Discussion Group share their opinions about books in Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe series in this new Podcast.

  • Phone Problems

    Along with other City of Lincoln departments, Lincoln City Libraries is currently experiencing some problems with our phone system. For some transactions, it might be best to contact us through our “Ask a Librarian” form.

  • Lincoln Cares

    Lincoln Cares

    You can help support the Library through the Lincoln Cares program. Enroll today at https://app.les.com/Applications/_LCDonate/ or call 402-475-4211. Thank you for your support of parks, libraries and older adults in our community!



  • Check Out Our Apps

    Our AppsFor everything from checking our catalog, to downloading eBooks, music, and movies, to mobile printing, Lincoln City Libraries has a variety of apps available for use with your mobile device!

  • Hoopla

    hoopla Hoopla is our streaming media resource, providing movies, TV shows, music and more, through your computer or via Android and Apple apps. Register for an account here; if you already have an account, you can login here. If you are having trouble logging into your account or need to update your account information, please check here.

    More information is available here.

    Note: Hoopla accounts are now limited to 4 checkouts per month.

  • Local Jobs

    Local JobsJob listings within 25 miles of Lincoln, from the Nebraska Department of Labor.

  • Author Alerts

    Author AlertsWould you like to be notified by email or text message when the Library orders new titles by your favorite authors or performers? Sign up here, or look for this button in our catalog:

    Add Author Alert

  • Access your library on the go with BookMyne, our mobile app!

     

    BookMyne logoSearch the Library catalog, place holds, and manage your account on your smartphone or tablet. My Account functions include a list of items currently checked out, current charges, the ability to renew items, and the ability to view pending and available holds. BookMyne is available for iOS (iphone, iPad, iPod Touch) and Android devices. Download the User’s Guide here, or stop by any Lincoln City Libraries location to learn more, and for help finding and installing BookMyne.

    Download the BookMyne app for free from the App Store or Google Play.

    Get it on Google playAvailable on the App Store

    BookMyne is now available again from Google Play, but some functionality may be limited.

  • Welcome to Lincoln City Libraries

    Welcome to Lincoln City Libraries, Lincoln, NebraskaOur Welcome to Lincoln City Libraries videos, available in a variety of languages, provide an overview of the services we offer!

 

 

Upcoming Events

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, effective immediately and until further notice, all regular library programming is cancelled.


Spring into Reading Challenge

Spring into Reading

We are so inspired by you, Lincoln readers. Even though the Spring Reading Challenge was different this year while we Stay Home and Stay Healthy, you reached the goal and logged 1 million minutes of reading! You have proven once again that you truly are #LNKStrong!

Here are the prize winners from the challenge:

48 Bowl/Paint Yourself Silly: Ellena D.
Hobby Town/Yogurtini/Canes: Aaron Y.
Lincoln Children’s Zoo: Adam T.
Earl May/Piezano’s: Katie G.
Francie & Finch/Runza/Zipline: Neva W.
Children’s Museum: Tiernan H.


Book Bundles

Bound to Please: Book Bundles
Lincoln City Libraries now offers special Book Bundles that are Bound to Please to our customers and their families spending more time at home. Maybe you would like a selection of 10 funny picture books to read aloud to your grandchild on FaceTime, or your third grader has read all of the Wimpy Kids books and needs something new.

Our staff can create bags of five to ten books on any subject your kids like: dinosaurs, big vehicles, dressing up, or animal friends. We can give you a mix of fiction and non-fiction and even throw in a dvd or two.

Call your favorite branch and let them know what you need. Or email us at library@lincolnlibraries.org. Give us some time to pull things together, and we'll give you a call when it's ready for pick-up!


Virtual Storytimes with Read Aloud Lincoln

Read Aloud Lincoln provides virtual Toddler Storytimes and Pre-K Storytimes via Facebook Live at 9:30 and 10:00 a.m. Mondays through Saturdays!

Virtual Storytimes with TumbleBook Library

How about a virtual storytime any time with our TumbleBook Library - online story books, chapter books and videos for kids!

TumbleBook Library Biblioteca TumbleBook


Ancestry Library Edition Temporarily Available



Ancestry Library Edition is now available for access from outside the Library for a limited time. When prompted, please enter your Library card number (no spaces) and PIN.