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W. Clarke Swanson Branch

Swanson Branch - Omaha Public Library
Neighborhood: West Omaha
Business Type: Libraries
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(402) 444-4852


Tue - Wed: 10 to 8
Thu - Sat: 10 to 6
Sun - Mon: Closed


Family Story Time, Dad & Me Story Time, Rent a Librarian, Rent a Computer Geek


The W. Clarke Swanson branch of the Omaha Public Library system, commonly known as the Swanson Branch, is a large branch library opened in 1966. There is ample parking; the book drop off is a free standing unit in the lot to the east of the building. The library has 142,534 books in its collection.

Manya Shorr is the Swanson Branch Manager.

Regular Events Programming

Friday, 10:30 – Family Story Time

A fun reading event for children and their parents, stories, finger plays, and activities.

Saturday, 10:30 – Dad & Me Story Time

A special Saturday storytime for dads, grandparents, uncles, older brothers—you get the idea—and their little ones. Swanson is the only branch to offer this program.  

Unique to Swanson

Rent a Librarian

A new program, Swanson is one of the only libraries to offer it. Anyone with a library card can book an hour of one-on-one time, for free, with the Adult Reference Librarian. The librarian will be able to help educate patrons on research methods, how to use library databases (like the business databases designed to help businesses save money), how to get the highest quality results from internet searches (Google, Yahoo!, Bing), or how to tackle a “special project.”

Rent a Computer Geek

Another new program, Swanson is one of the only libraries to offer it.  Anyone with a library card can book an hour of one-on-one time, for free, with a certified Computer Geek. Don’t be scared of the computer! Whether you own a computer or wish to use one of the library’s, the Computer Geek can start with the basics (like how to use a mouse) or dive in to advanced word processing, internet search, and database/information search techniques.

Services available to library card holders

    Kids Section at the Swanson BranchKids Section at the Swanson Branch

  • Free wi-fi/computer usage
  • Periodicals (magazines, newspapers)
  • DVD movies
  • Audiobooks (books on CD
  • Audio CDs
  • eCollection (download videos, eBooks, and iPod compatible MP3 books from home!)
  • Pick up/return to any of 12 branches (or search the catalog from your home computer and have books delivered to your local branch!)
  • Reciprocal agreements with Lincoln, Council Bluffs, and Ralston Libraries
  • Access to virtually any book (suggest a purchase for releases two years old or newer; use an interlibrary loan for older items and pay only shipping)

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W. Clarke Swanson Branch
9101 West Dodge Road
Omaha, NE 68114

(402) 444-4852


John Carlotto (not verified) says:

February 26, 2010 : 11 years 7 weeks ago

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Great job Manya!!

Terry Wingate (not verified) says:

February 26, 2010 : 11 years 7 weeks ago

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There are so many wonderful things happening at Omaha Public Library - and this is just one of the twelve branches!

morgan says:

February 27, 2010 : 11 years 7 weeks ago

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Thanks for coming by John and Terry. We plan on covering all 12 branches. Which one should we visit next? What’s your favorite branch?

Autumn says:

February 27, 2010 : 11 years 7 weeks ago

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I love them all. Sorensen always has fun and unusual teen programs, Millard has a very nice computer lab and computer classes, Main has very special collections - like genealogy, Nebraska History, the Foundation Center for grant-seekers. There’s definitely something for everyone!

Anonymous (not verified) says:

July 20, 2014 : 6 years 38 weeks ago

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Before I retired, I used to go there for my lunch hour to sit and read in a quiet, calm atmosphere. I love Swanson library. The people there are wonderful and helpful. The ability to find movies and put them on hold and pick them up when they are in is great and it’s one of the few things these days really FREE! I was able to take a free Tai Chi class there too. The library is nostalgic to me and takes me back to being a kid. I’m SO happy the library is available to me!

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