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Can I get a library card as an OPS teacher

Hello,
I live in an SID outside of Omaha, but I am a teacher for Omaha Public Schools. Am I able to get a free library card as a teacher?
Thank you!
Kristi
Last Updated: Dec 23, 2017  |  81 Views

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Thank you for asking - and thank you for teaching! This will be a bit of a lengthy answer, so bear with me. First, and possibly simplest, even though your SID is outside Omaha city limits, if you are a resident of Douglas County you are eligible for an Omaha Public Library card. We receive supplemental funding from Douglas County property taxes to extend services to all county residents - residents of Valley and Bennington are often surprised to learn they are eligible for membership with us. 

If you are a resident of Sarpy or Washington county, we'll have to look at some other options. Teachers living outside our tax base aren't automatically eligible for individual memberships, but we know that the ability to keep up on professional reading and borrow books for classroom use is very important, so we've got the option to create a card through your school that you can use. I've detailed the registration procedures here. Short version, get a letter from your principal authorizing you to create a card for your class and bring that along with a photo ID to any of our twelve libraries. We'll have you complete a short application form, we'll mail the card back to the school along with some information about the school's responsibilities re: the card, and you'll be good to go.  

Let me know if you have any questions, either by replying here or calling 402-444-4800, and thanks again!

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