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The Kripke Jewish Federation Library is about to give you more of a great thing. Effective February 1, 2017 the library will be open for patron usage during all the hours that the main entrance is open. Those standard hours are Monday through Thursday, 8 am – 9 pm, Friday, 8 am – 5 pm, and Sunday, 11 am – 5 pm. The receptionists at the front desk in the lobby have all been trained in the procedures for the location, checkout, and return of books and are available to assist during those times in which a staff person is not in the library. This all comes as good news to so many who have requested expanded hours.

“We know that our prior hours made it difficult for families with two working parents to utilize the library, which is such a shame given the extensive children's section available. With this expansion, we hope to better serve the needs of the community and provide greater access to the treasure that is the Kripke collection," said Jennie Gates Beckman, Director Community Engagement and Education for the Jewish Federation of Omaha.  To read more about these changes, click here.

Welcome to the Kripke Jewish Federation Library

The Kripke Jewish Federation Library provides an attractive, comfortable, accessible research, study, and recreational reading environment for the Omaha Jewish community. The Library's resources consist of a wide variety of Judaic materials with over 35,000 volumes, including Jewish periodicals, DVDs, CDs, Large Print Books, Talking Books, and Russian Language resources. The Kripke Library also offers a large children's area filled with books, puzzles, and toys. In 2011, the Kripke Library became the home of the Friedel Jewish Academy's library.

The Kripke Library provides access to the internet via patron computers. In addition, a wireless network facilitates the use of laptops and similar devices. The library staff offers users specialized information assistance and services. The library regularly hosts many exciting and innovative programs and events like: Jewish Book Month and the Elinor Whitman Book Appreciation Contest. In 2000, the Kripke Jewish Federation Library won the Jane Geske Award (Nebraska Center for the Book). Materials listed in the card catalog having Store-# or RStore-# call numbers, are in storage and not on the shelves of our regular collection. Please feel free to ask for them.

The Kripke Jewish Federation Library is open to the public Monday through Thursday, 8 am – 9 pm, Friday, 8 am – 5 pm, and Sunday, 11 am – 5 pm. For more information call 402-334-6462.

Card Catalogue

Our catalogue is electronic now!
To access the items in the library's extensive collection, click on the picture.
Dorothy Kaplan Book Discussion Group
The Dorothy Kaplan Book Discussion group is a long-standing group that is supported by the Jewish Federation of Omaha through the Kripke Jewish Federation Library. Learn more about this group, what they will be reading, and how you can join by clicking on this link:
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