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Expand your world with us!

We, Ms. McNerney and Mrs. Gaefke, pride ourselves in offering personalized reading, research, study, and life-long learning opportunities. Our world exploration partnerships are always customized and designed to match your unique interests and needs.

We’re here to help– whether you need a reading suggestion, help with a school project, or advice on a personal research goal. Let us make your day a little brighter as we provide a calming oasis in a world that sometimes suffers from information overload. See you soon!

It’s time to celebrate– your physical library is beginning a phased re-opening on March 10th!

We are pleased to be able to offer you time to individually browse our shelves and checkout books before/after school and during seminar (online holds system is also still available if you prefer!)

All books undergo a mandatory 96-hour Covid safety quarantine, so your books will be safe to read when you receive them! This also means returned books remain on your student record for a few extra days, but it’s OK because we never assign daily late fees at OE!

Before School: 7.30-7.45am

After School: 3.00- 3.10pm

Seminar: The library will be using the required OE pre-pass system. Pre-passes may be picked up between 7.30-7.45am on seminar days. To facilitate contact tracing, each student will be assigned an individual seat in the library. Per OE guidelines, students will remain in the library for the entire duration of the seminar session.

Online hold/locker pickup: You can check out physical books by either emailing Ms. Mac smcnerneyoe@olatheschools.org or completing the online holds process.

Book suggestions: Plenty of suggestions are available on our Reading Suggestions page. There you can watch Ms. Mac’s video book talks and browse book lists. You can also email her to ask for suggestions or request a Zoom conference before/after school or during Seminar.

E-materials: Under the “Reading” tab of this site you will find web pages with links of user guides for e-books, audiobooks, magazines, and newspapers available through the public library. Email Ms. Mac if you need help!

Research: Our research databases and encyclopedias continue to be open 24/7. You’ll see how-to guides on our Databases and Encyclopedias web pages, and you can always email Ms. Mac if you need additional help.

Classes: Ms. Mac will continue joining classes via Zoom for readers’ advisory, research assistance, writing lessons, etc etc.

Reading Research Study Life


Our passion is creating readers by matching them with just the right reading material. Our Reading tab offers personalized reading suggestions, resources for discovering new titles and authors, and how-to advice for using e-books, audiobooks, and e-magazines.

Information is power. Our Research tab contains links to our databases and encyclopedias–providing easy access to thousands of reliable sources. We also partner with local and state libraries for expanded access to even more specialized content.

Partnerships are the heart of our library’s existence. Our Study tab contains links related to classroom assignments, online standardized test preparation resources (ACT, SAT, AP and more), online homework/study aides and resources for learning new languages.

Libraries are places of learning, exploration, and assistance even beyond academics. Our Life tab sparks interest in learning that goes beyond the traditional academic curriculum, encouraging personal engagement and community connections. Have fun exploring!

Why You’ll Love Us

You’ll love us because we love spending time with you, understanding your goals, and partnering with you to achieve them.

  • Smile! Your visits make us happy!
  • Personalized service!
  • Inclusive! We believe in equality for all.
  • Access! Our online sources are open 24/7

What is Hawk Hour?

A daily period for students to eat while working on academics and social emotional learning.

Two thousand students in the halls can get loud, so our library aims to provide a calm oasis for those moments when you need to unwind in a focused setting.

Reservations Accepted

Study spaces available:

Individual reading in soft chairs

Individual studying at tables

Partner projects at tables

Large screen computer collaboration

Open Hawk Hour B

Library staff available for:

Book suggestions

Book checkout & returns

Writing assistance

Research assistance