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
  • Linda Swan, Children's Librarian
  • Thaine Freeze, Full-Time Librarian
  • Stepheanie Johnson, Part-Time Librarian

Phone:  308-537-2591

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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
  • Shanna Keiser
  • Sherry Langley
  • 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!

New - Audio Books from Recorded Books!        

Downloadable Magazines

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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 16th, starting at 3:30 p.m.

For those just completing Kindergarten - 6th Grade


Summer Reading Club runs June 6 - July 11

9:30 a.m. or 1:30 -a.m. Each Thursday 

Choose morning or afternoon session


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.




City of Gothenburg

409 9th Street
Gothenburg, NE 69138
Phone: (308) 537-3677

405 9th Street
Gothenburg, NE 69138
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409 9th Street
Gothenburg, NE 69138
Phone: (308) 537-3668
After Hours: (308) 537-3608
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