What's Happening

Big Library Read   August 3-17, 2020   Visit our digital collection to borrow the featured title “The Darwin Affair” by Tim Mason with no waitlists or holds. Letter From  the Author      Discussion Guide About the Author Tim Mason is a playwright whose work has been produced in New York and throughout the world. Among…
August Reading Challenge
August Reading Challenge
Join Readers Across Nebraska Aug. 1-31 1,000 Minute Challenge The Nebraska Library Commission, the Nebraska Regional Library Systems, and Reader Zone are joining forces to offer the Nebraska 1K Reading Challenge for all ages. Every Nebraskan that reads 1,000 minutes in August and records it in Reader Zone will receive an exclusive vinyl sticker and…
Book-to-Screen Club
Book-to-Screen Club
8/27/20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm - Join us virtually to discuss Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express We will chat about the book and movie adaptations. No matter how much you have read or seen, join the chat! Reserve your copy today or try an audiobook or ebook on the Libby app. Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83855869165 Meeting ID: 838 5586 [...]

Important Notice

Seward Memorial Library is open - See our hours here.
Masks and social distancing are strongly encouraged but no longer required.
Appointments for computer lab use are required since sanitizing that room differs from the rest of the library.
Please contact staff for a time slot in the lab.
Limited meeting room use is available - Check availability here.
Check back often as current requirements may change with little notice.

Please remember all the ways we can serve you remotely! Consider reserving items online or calling ahead for pickup at our drive up window. Let staff know if you need assistance setting up online access to our resources. We can be contacted by calling 402-643-3318, texting us at 402-260-2202, or emailing info@sewardlibrary.org. Thanks for allowing us to continue to serve you in this uncertain time!

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 info@sewardlibrary.org 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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