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Omaha explores new 72nd and Dodge library branch

By: - January 28, 2022 5:02 pm

Do Space at 72nd & Dodge Streets (Courtesy of Do Space)

Omahans might see a new and different library facility rise southwest of the busy 72nd and Dodge Streets intersection.

That public library, which is not a done deal, is separate from the City of Omaha’s ongoing and controversial process to relocate the  downtown W. Dale Clark Library to 1401 Jones St.

Mutual of Omaha said earlier this week it plans a skyscraper headquarters at 14th and Douglas Streets on the current site of the main downtown library.

Representatives of several entities, including the City of Omaha and Do Space, revealed Friday the latest steps in a plan to build a central library facility at the spot where Do Space, one of the nation’s first technology libraries, opened in 2015.

Omaha groups are considering various models for a new central library at 72 & Dodge, including one in Calgary, Alberta. (Courtesy of Michael Grimm)

While the project is not guaranteed, those involved said in a press release that design work has already started. They said Do Space programs would be incorporated into the traditional library services, and current programs would somehow continue during the transition.

A website has launched to update the public about the proposed facility.

The philanthropic nonprofit Heritage Omaha, which would raise funds to manage the design and construction, has received seed funding to tap three partners. 

HDR architectural firm is lead designer; Alley Poyner Macchietto Architecture will focus on interior space design; and Margaret Sullivan Studio will coordinate community engagement.

 

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Cindy Gonzalez
Cindy Gonzalez

Senior Reporter Cindy Gonzalez, an Omaha native, has more than 35 years of experience, largely at the Omaha World-Herald. Her coverage areas have included business and real estate development; regional reporting; immigration, demographics and diverse communities; and City Hall and local politics. She has won awards from organizations including Great Plains Journalism, the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing (SABEW) and the Associated Press. Cindy has been recognized by various nonprofits for community contributions and diversity efforts. She chairs the board that oversees the local university’s student newspaper.

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