The Raymond A. Whitwer Tilden Public Library offers the community a variety of services. And while not all services require you to become a library member, it is required for all borrowing privileges. Becoming a member is easily done by completing a card at the circulation desk where you will receive your Patron Privileges document explaining borrowing rules and information.
Reading and Movies
- Books, books and more books! We are continually adding popular, best sellers, and new release books in all genre, including local Nebraska Authors and stories, for children, youth, young adults and adults. And because of our additional shelving space, we are able to keep many older and classic books of all types in our inventory. Members are allowed to check out 5 books for 2 weeks, with an automatic renewal of an additional 2 weeks. An overdue fine of .15 per book per day will be imposed for late returns.
- Magazines – We carry a large selection of magazines for men and women covering a variety of interests and topics. New and back issues can be checked for 1 week.
- Newspapers – The library carries current editions of the Tilden Citizen, the Omaha World News and the Norfolk Daily News for in-house reading. Back issues of the Tilden Citizen are also available from 1884 – 1996 on Microfilm, and 1997 to current in print.
- eBooks – The library belongs to Nebraska Overdrive, the Nebraska library consortium for eBooks. Library members with a library card number can access eBooks for free using this service. For additional information about Overdrive or procedures for your e-reader device, see our website page for eBooks.
- DVD’s & Movies – Although we cannot carry every DVD released, the library does offer a large inventory of new release and popular movies for all members of the family, and the selection continues to grow. Older movies on VHS are also still available. Movies are available to be checked out for 1 week, 2 per library patron. There is no charge to check out movies, however an overdue fine of $1.00 per movie per day will be imposed for late returns.
- The library genealogy section includes the Tilden Citizen newspaper on Microfilm and print and Microfilm reader with attached computer for printing out information; a large selection of donated scrap books, old meeting logs & records from past organizations, school yearbooks, recorded obituary information, and our vertical file containing photos, articles and an abundance of information associated with the history of Tilden. Ancestry.com-Library edition is available on all of our computers in the public access computer lab for anyone wishing to research family and friends.
- Computers – The library has a computer lab equipped with ten public internet access computers for use by ages 7th grade or older. The computers are installed with Windows 7 OS and MS features, Microsoft Office 10 programs including publisher, Skype, webcams, and easy access links to informational databases such as Nebraska Access, Nebraska Memories, Ancestry.com/Library edition, P4A Antique Database.
- Children’s Computers – Three computers without internet access are available for children in the children’s section. They are installed with numerous entertaining and educational games along with the available of more games on CD
- Special Needs – An ADA special needs computer system with enhanced software is located just outside the computer lab for easy access. It sits atop an adjustable table with a large print keyboard and scanner. Both a pointer mouse and roller ball are available to use with the computer. Software includes: Dragon Naturally Speak, Jaws, Kurzwell 1000, Zoom text and FSReader.
- WiFi – Two public WiFi networks are available throughout the library and auditorium to accommodate those who wish to work on their laptops and other electronic devices.
- Other Needs – The library can also assist the public with services such as copies & prints; sending & receiving faxes; scanning images & documents for print, digital, or email purposes, Laminating, and the use of our AccuCut.
- It is important to us that the elderly and those not able to come to the library on a regular basis still have the opportunity to enjoy the selection that the library offers. Each month library personnel picks-up and delivers a selection of books to Westwood Homes and Prairie View Assisted Living Center. Upon request, the library will also offer the same service for the home-bound.