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 collection.
- Magazines – We carry a large selection of magazines for covering a variety of interests and topics. New and back issues are available to be checked out.
- Newspapers – The library carries current editions of the Tilden Citizen, the Omaha World News, the Norfolk Daily News, and the Antelope County News for in-house reading. Back issues of the Tilden and the Meadow Grove Newspapers are also available from 1884 – 2016 are archived and accessible digitally from the library or remotely. Back print issues are available from 2017 – current.
- 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 – The library offers a large inventory of new release and popular movies for all members of the family. You’ll find a well stocked selection of Classic Movies and a variety of Popular Icon 80’s hits.
- Puzzles – We offer a wide assortment of fun puzzles with a variety of pictures and piece sizes which can be checked out and assembled in the comfort of your own home.
Genealogy and Research
- Dedicated to the memory of donor Harold Arthur Ritter, digitized archived newspapers can be accessed at our Harold A. Ritter Genealogy and Research Area or remotely from a link on our website. Searchable by keywords, names, dates, events and more, the newspapers available are:Tilden Citizen 1893 – 2003
Tilden Citizen Meadow Grove News 2003 – 2016
Meadow News 1909 – 2003
Meadow Grove Tribune 1895 – 1989
The research area also holds 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 eight public internet access computers for use by ages 7th grade or older., along with a designated printer. The computers are installed with Windows 10 OS and MS features, Microsoft Office 13 programs including Publisher, 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.
- 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 residents of Westwood Homes and Prairie View Assisted Living Center. Upon request, the library will also offer the same service for the home-bound.