Changing Hours

Due to COVID concerns, Seward Memorial Library will be closed to the public effective WED. December 9th until further notice. The drive-up window will remain open to the public during the posted hours.
The library’s in-person hours now through December 8:
  • W    10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Th    10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • F     10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Sat     9:00 a.m. – noon
  • Sun    1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
The drive-up window hours will be:
  • M-Th   8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • F     8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Sat      8:00 a.m. – noon
  • Sun     1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Library staff will be happy to assist you remotely (phone, text, or email) during any of the hours listed for the drive up window. Our goal is to maintain these hours through at least the end of 2020, but if staff reductions become necessary due to quarantine or other reasons, additional changes may be implemented. Please keep informed by checking the library’s website, social media presence, or just by giving us a call.

We can be contacted by calling 402-643-3318, texting 402-260-2202, or emailing Thanks for allowing us to continue to serve you in this uncertain time!

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A Note From the Director

Seward Memorial Library staff remains committed to getting library materials to our patrons. We also want everyone, patrons and staff, to stay healthy during this time and are doing our best to help that happen.

Our drive-up window was well used when we closed to the public in mid-March and we encourage all who need library materials to continue to use this. In addition, we have read that the COVID-19 virus may live on books for up to three days. To protect both patrons and staff, we have implemented a "book quarantine" system for items that have been returned. They will be handled as little as possible until after three days. Our library software company has created many “quarantine” features, one of which allows us to check in your returns while keeping the items unavailable to others until they are out of quarantine. So, returned items will no longer remain on your account but they will not immediately display as being available on the catalog.

On March 1 we implemented an auto-renewal system (for all items that CAN be renewed) as well as no fines on many items. This doesn’t mean you can keep items forever. Examples of what might not be auto-renewed include: some specialty items, an item on reserve for another patron, or an item you renewed twice already. You should receive automatic notices about the status of all your items.

If you have any trouble with your individual account because of the changes we’ve implemented, call staff at 402-643-3318 or email and we will work with you to the best of our ability.

We realize that everyone wants to know when the library will return to normal operations. We want to know that, too! Unfortunately, we can’t predict the future. Staff continues to turn to state, regional, and local authorities for guidance, applying their rules and limitations to our situation. Then we will adjust our situation to best serve our patrons. Thanks so much for understanding!

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