Oshkosh Public Library

Written By: Librarian - Oct• 03•19

August News Article

  After many requests to be open in the morning, the Oshkosh Public Library will now be open on Tuesdays from 10 am and until 6 pm.  The rest of the week, we will be open from 1 – 5:30 pm.

We will continue to be closed on the weekends. 

  The state of Nebraska used to have a set number of hours that libraries had to be open each week, dependent on the population they served.  Now, the Nebraska Library Commission encourages each small town library  to be open hours requested by their patrons, dependent on funds available.  For the last several years, the library has been open 25 hours per week which seems to meet our patrons’ needs.  The only request we have had is to be open one morning per week, especially in the summer when afternoons are so hot.  The library was open until 7pm two evenings per week but did not have enough visitors during the evening to warrant being open so we are moving those hours to the morning.

  Other recent changes to the library include a larger collection of DVD’s, a new  section for Reese’s Book Club books,  a new area for the large print books, and a roomier, less crowded atmosphere. 

   We are always open for suggestions to improve the library and add new services and programs.  Please stop in anytime to visit your town library!  More changes and announcements coming in September!


Written By: Librarian - Oct• 03•19

July News Article

It’s good to be back at the Oshkosh Public Library!  I have enjoyed every day and every person, and it is so nice to meet all the new people who use our library.

I worked at this great library from 1986-1996 and I’m not surprised to learn that a lot of things have changed in my 23 year absence.  The Oshkosh Public Library is still a very busy place, but for a huge variety of reasons now. 

In the past few weeks, people have come in the library to use one of our FIVE public computers. Why buy a computer and pay a monthly Internet fee if you just need to check your email or print something?  With three desktop computers and two laptops available, there is always at least one available for you. (We have headphones if needed. Especially for Grandparents FaceTiming their grandkids!)

We have people coming in daily to use our black and white or color copy machines or the fax machine. (We have great prices!) The Oshkosh Public Library also has a large collection of office supplies that you can use, like the extra large paper cutter and long reach stapler.

I would say that during the summer, our DVDs and Audio Books are checked out more than anything else in the library.  We have a large collection and really appreciate all the donations we get from people who watch a movie once or listen to a book in their car one time, then donate them to us.  Thank you!

I was happy to see that the Cake Pan collection, started by Ruby Chryst over twenty years ago, has been expanded and people still come in to check out a cake pan.  We have shapes for kids’ parties and plain circles and squares for wedding cakes or “just because”.

The library now has a large collection of Large Print books, set aside in their own area.  They are also being used daily.  We are also lucky to be one of the few libraries left with a magazine collection.  We do not keep back issues so all magazines over one month old, are free to take.  Current magazines can all be checked out.

I am rearranging and updating a few things in the library but nothing that will scare off our patrons or “members” (as I just found out library users are now called).  I do have plans for the future so stop in and ask me about that!

Again, it’s good to be back and I hope you will come see what’s new at the Oshkosh Public Library!

  • Elaine Lake, Director

Written By: Librarian - Apr• 16•19

The Nebraska Library Commission has put together a web page of resources: http://nebraskaccess.nebraska.gov/emergency.asp which may be helpful if you are
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