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people forming a line to pass book from old library to new buildingLibrary History

The Seward Public Library was first organized as a reading room in 1888. In 1913, despite a tornado which tore through the town, the reading room was reorganized as a city library and was housed in a new building made possible through local donations and a grant from Andrew Carnegie. Major renovations took place in the late 1960s and in the mid 1980s. In 1990 the Seward Library Foundation was formed to raise money for a new library building and on September 2, 2003, the new Seward Memorial Library opened its doors to the public.

Old Seward Carnegie Library

The photo to the right shows Seward Middle School students passing books from the old library building to the new in August of 2003.
photo by Eric Kettenburg

Pictured to the left is an historic postcard of the Seward Public Library and YMCA building in 1915.

The library is located at 233 South 5th Street in Seward, Nebraska. Click here for a map.

Regular Hours (August 15 – April 30):

Monday 9:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
Tuesday 9:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
Wednesday 9:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
Thursday 9:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Sunday 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

The drive-up window opens at 8 a.m. every day except Sunday.

Summer Hours (May 1 – August 14):

Monday 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Tuesday 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Wednesday 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Thursday 9:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Sunday Closed

Lending Periodslibrary staff stamping the due date on books

  • Most library materials are loaned out for a four-week period.
  • Cake pans and books with long waiting lists are loaned out for a two-week period.
  • Chilton auto repair manuals are loaned out for a three day period.
  • Regular library patrons may check out up to 50 items on their library card. NebrasKard patrons may check out up to 25 items on their account.
  • Items may be renewed up to three times if no one else has placed a hold to reserve them.
  • You may renew items in person or over the phone.
  • The due date will be stamped on the back of the item.

Seward Memorial Library BoardLibrary Board

Juanita Hill, Chairman
Stephanie Croston, Secretary
Bob Dahms
Nancy Lamberty
Bruce Creed

Board Meeting Agenda

Board Meeting Minutes

The Seward Memorial Library Board is appointed to 4 year terms by the Mayor of Seward with the Seward City Council confirming those appointments. The Seward Library Board meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 4:30 pm. Read the Library Board by-laws.

Patron at the circulation deskLibrary Cards

Library cards are free to all citizens residing within the city limits of Seward, Nebraska and to all non-residents who own property within the city limits. Courtesy cards are available to patrons 65 and over. Citizens living outside of the Seward city limits may purchase a library membership for $25.00 per year or $15.00 for six months. The card is valid from the date of payment. For more complete information please see the Policies page.

Seward Memorial Library News - person reading a newsletterNewsletters

Monthly library newsletters are posted to the website before the beginning of the new month.
Sign up to receive a link to the newsletter delivered to your email.

Select a newsletter:

Annual Reports

The Seward Memorial Library Annual Report is presented to the City Council in February of each year.

Select a report:

Library staff checking out books to a mom and child.Library Staff

Library Director:
Becky Baker

Assistant Library Director:
Pam Walz

Library Assistant II:
Megan Boggs

Library Assistant I:
Charlotte Baldinger
Becky Reisdorff
Becky Reisinger
Wendy Schultz

Library Clerk:
Sara Endorf
Deb Faimon
Emily Hemphill-Johnson
Joni Ringdahl
Jacquelyn Schranz
Bethany Soflin
Carol Thurber

 

HistoryLending PeriodsLibrary BoardLibrary CardsLibrary PoliciesNewsletters & ReportsStaff

people forming a line to pass book from old library to new buildingLibrary History

The Seward Public Library was first organized as a reading room in 1888. In 1913, despite a tornado which tore through the town, the reading room was reorganized as a city library and was housed in a new building made possible through local donations and a grant from Andrew Carnegie. Major renovations took place in the late 1960s and in the mid 1980s. In 1990 the Seward Library Foundation was formed to raise money for a new library building and on September 2, 2003, the new Seward Memorial Library opened its doors to the public.

Old Seward Carnegie Library

The photo to the right shows Seward Middle School students passing books from the old library building to the new in August of 2003.
photo by Eric Kettenburg

Pictured to the left is an historic postcard of the Seward Public Library and YMCA building in 1915.

Lending Periodslibrary staff stamping the due date on books

  • Most library materials are loaned out for a four-week period.
  • Cake pans and books with long waiting lists are loaned out for a two-week period.
  • Chilton auto repair manuals are loaned out for a three day period.
  • Regular library patrons may check out up to 50 items on their library card. NebrasKard patrons may check out up to 25 items on their account.
  • Items may be renewed up to three times if no one else has placed a hold to reserve them.
  • You may renew items in person or over the phone.
  • The due date will be stamped on the back of the item.

Seward Memorial Library BoardLibrary Board

Juanita Hill, Chairman
Stephanie Croston, Secretary
Bob Dahms
Nancy Lamberty
Bruce Creed

Board Meeting Agenda

Board Meeting Minutes

The Seward Memorial Library Board is appointed to 4 year terms by the Mayor of Seward with the Seward City Council confirming those appointments. The Seward Library Board meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 4:30 pm. Read the Library Board by-laws.

Patron at the circulation deskLibrary Cards

Library cards are free to all citizens residing within the city limits of Seward, Nebraska and to all non-residents who own property within the city limits. Courtesy cards are available to patrons 65 and over. Citizens living outside of the Seward city limits may purchase a library membership for $25.00 per year or $15.00 for six months. The card is valid from the date of payment. For more complete information please see the Policies page.

Seward Memorial Library News - person reading a newsletterNewsletters

Monthly library newsletters are posted to the website before the beginning of the new month.
Sign up to receive a link to the newsletter delivered to your email.

Select a newsletter:

Annual Reports

The Seward Memorial Library Annual Report is presented to the City Council in February of each year.

Select a report:

Library staff checking out books to a mom and child.Library Staff

Library Director:
Becky Baker

Assistant Library Director:
Pam Walz

Library Assistant II:
Megan Boggs

Library Assistant I:
Charlotte Baldinger
Becky Reisdorff
Becky Reisinger
Wendy Schultz

Library Clerk:
Sara Endorf
Deb Faimon
Emily Hemphill-Johnson
Joni Ringdahl
Jacquelyn Schranz
Bethany Soflin
Carol Thurber

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