Getting Started

How to Get Started/ Eligibility

Any public library in the state of Nebraska is eligible for the program. Interested library directors can fill out the Contact Form to get started with a free website.

This page has tips for planning and designing your library’s website to meet the needs of your community.

What Should We Put on Our Library’s Website?

Planning an effective website can take a bit of time. Check out this website planning worksheet to get you started brainstorming about what should be on your website, and how the information will be organized.

If you need a quick start, here are some popular items many libraries put on their site:

  • Hours and Location
  • Contact Information
  • Online Catalog
  • Featured/ New Books
  • Library Services
  • Nebraska Resource Links
  • Policy Information
  • Events Calendar
  • Library Blog!
  • Local Community Resources
  • Consult Your Imagination

WordPress uses pre-built themes that can be changed or customized. There are quite a few WordPress themes available, so perusing through free WordPress templates will help you decide on a website layout. Then it is just a matter of adding images and content to the pages in the template.

How do I learn how to use WordPress?

Visit the online training resources on this website. You can also sign up for an over-the-phone training session with Amanda Sweet, the Technology Innovation Librarian here at the Nebraska Library Commission. She can help you learn the common features of WordPress and brainstorm ideas of what you want to put on your website.

What Should I Do After the Site is Up?

We ask that you update at least the blog postings once a week to keep the site active. If possible, please keep page content fresh with current events and featured items.

Get creative with your website!

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