May 27, 2022

Omaha Metro: “At Local Libraries, e-Book Collections are Growing, but Print is Still King”

From the Omaha World-Herald/

“E-books have not completely taken over print,” said Pat Leach, Lincoln City Libraries director. “If you had asked me three years ago, I would have said the pendulum seems to be swinging toward e-books. But the pendulum seems to be swinging more slowly.”


Omaha and Lincoln’s e-book collections are about 2 to 3 percent the size of their print book collections. Physical books make up about 70 percent of each library’s annual circulation, while e-books make up about 3 to 5 percent. The remainder of the circulation includes music, magazines, movies and many other items.


Print dominates at local libraries

Omaha Public Library

583,000 print books

21,000 e-books

Checkouts last year:

2.1 million print books

140,000 e-books

Lincoln City Libraries

708,000 print books

14,000 e-books

Checkouts last year:

2.2 million print books

110,000 e-books

Council Bluffs Public Library

117,000 print books

10,000 e-books

Checkouts last year:

330,000 print books

35,000 e-books

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