The Gothenburg Public Library is a Carnegie Library. It was built in 1916 and is recognized in the National Register of Historical Buildings. The Library recently constructed a 1.5-million dollar addition including a technology room with Internet access. This addition was fully paid for by the Gothenburg Library Foundation. The Library contains over 31,000 books and other items and has an average annual circulation of over 50,000. The library also has a collection of large print books. Many audiovisual machines are available. The library houses a collection of the old newspapers from Gothenburg Times and Gothenburg Independent, which can be viewed on the microfilm reader/printer. Books that are carried at the Gothenburg Library can be checked on-line using the Online Catalog. This new feature will also tell whether or not a book is checked out. Library activities include a preschool story hour during the winter months and a summer reading program for school-age children.

  • Mary Koch, Director
  • Charity Dunphy, Children’s Librarian
  • Thaine Freeze, Full-Time Librarian
  • Stepheanie Johnson, Part-Time Librarian

Phone: 308-537-2591

Online Catalog – The Gothenburg Public Library’s broad choice of books can be searched for over the internet. Simply click on the ‘Online Catalog title. The search will provide the information as to whether or not the book is carried at the Gothenburg Public Library and whether or not the book is currently checked out.

  • Ernie Blecha
  • Mary Lou Clark
  • Shanna Keiser
  • Sue Ostergard
  • Dennis VanOverbeke
Mission Statement

The Gothenburg Public Library believes it is essential to provide free and equal access to services and resources to meet the informational, recreational, educational and technological needs of the community. The library will serve as a center for learning and enrichment for all residents of all ages on an equal basis. The library’s collections will offer access to a variety of points of view on various issues.

Library Hours
Winter Hours
Monday – Thursday  9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday  9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Summer Hours
Monday – Thursday  9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday  9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Equipment & Services
Laminating 50 Cents per foot
Faxes $1.00 First Page 25 Cents each additional page
Copies 10 Cents / Color Extra
Community Room $50.00 Deposit
$50.00 Rental
Internet – 7th Grade & Up with parental approval Free Access – 10 Cents Printouts
Online Databases
E-Books Available!

Chilton Online Database!

Fix your car! Access the online Chilton vehicle repair database from your computer, tablet or phone.

NebraskAccess offers free 24/7 access to websites selected by librarians, full-text government publications and Nebraska historical resources. Nebraska residents are also provided with free online access to thousands of full-text magazine, journal, and newspaper articles, biographical and business information, genealogical resources, and more.

Children’s Programs

Story Hour
Preschoolers 3 – 5
October – December February – March
1 hour class each Thursday
$2 Fee

Summer Reading Club
Open House and Pre-Registration – May 13th, starting at 1:30 p.m.

For those just completing Kindergarten – 6th Grade

Summer Reading Club runs May 26 – June 30
Program will be every Thursdays
3rd – 6th graders @ 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Kindergarten – 2nd grade @ 2:30pm – 3:30pm

Golden Sower Reading Program
Kindergarten – 3rd Grade
4th – 6th Grade
7th – 9th Grade
Read 4 of 10 selected books and
Vote for your favorite author each year.