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Welcome to the Northwest HS Library

The Omaha Public Schools’ Libraries empower students to become future ready citizens who appreciate reading and engaging with information in all formats. Through rigorous and relevant learning experiences, students work individually and collaboratively to inquire, think critically, and create new understandings.

Book Recommendations

Are you not finding the book you want to read in the NWHS library?  Click here to recommend that we purchase it.

Sora (e-books and audio books)

Check out our collection of e-books and audiobooks by clicking the picture below:

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NWHS Library History

When Northwest High School opened in 1971, the library encompassed 2 floors.  In the backroom was a dumb waiter where the books were transported between the two floors. Since that time, Northwest has grown and the bottom floor of the library is now two computer labs and 2 administrative offices.  Although the library has decreased in size, it is still the hub of the building.  Sitting at the top of a spiral staircase, it is a place where students and teachers come to learn, read, work, and socialize.

Our library is organized by genres.  Books are checked-out for 3 weeks at a time with the option of renewing the book until the student finishes it.  Students also have the option of checking out e-books and audiobooks via Sora (directions posted at the top of this page).

Students can visit the library before school, as well as during the day if they have a pass from a teacher.  Students will sign in the to library using their i-Pad to scan a QR code.

When you visit Northwest, please come up to the library and CHECK US OUT!

Library Staff


Mrs. Colleen Nieland, Librarian


phone: 531-299-5651

Mrs. Nieland grew up in Brownville, Nebraska, a small town with a population of 150 people. She attended a two-classroom K-8 school (she was the only student in her grade 3rd-7th grade!!). She graduated from Auburn High School with a class of 56 students.  She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education degree from Kansas State University and a Master of Science in Education with a School Library endorsement from the University of Nebraska at Kearney.  She also holds an ESL endorsement from Concordia University.   She has been an adjunct instructor at UNO and Bellevue University.  Mrs. Nieland is married and has two teenage children and two dogs.  

Library Hours

Library Staff on duty

Monday through Friday 7:00am-3:30pm

Resources for Growth and Exploration

Resources for Growth and Exploration

The library is more than just books and research.  It's a place to learn and grow and discuss and think and explore. Click the link above to find resources for personal growth and exploration.

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Omaha Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, age, genetic information, citizenship status, or economic status in its programs, activities and employment and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following individual has been designated to address inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Superintendent of Schools, 3215 Cuming Street, Omaha, NE 68131 (531-299-9822).

Las Escuelas Públicas de Omaha no discriminan basados en la raza, color, origen nacional, religión, sexo, estado civil, orientación sexual, discapacidad , edad, información genética, estado de ciudadanía, o estado económico, en sus programas, actividades y empleo, y provee acceso equitativo a los “Boy Scouts” y a otros grupos juveniles designados. La siguiente persona ha sido designada para atender estas inquietudes referentes a las pólizas de no discriminación: El Superintendente de las Escuelas, 3215 Cuming Street, Omaha, NE 68131 (531-299-9822).