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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!

Welcome back! Mrs. Gaefke and I hope you had a wonderful summer break, and we’re excited to welcome you back to OE!

We understand that Covid safety is a priority for everyone, especially as community infection rates are rising in Johnson County. We want every OE family member to feel safe, secure, and comfortable using our library services. For that reason Mrs. Gaefke and I will both wear masks and our book circulation desk also includes plexiglass dividers. Our books are quarantined for three days after they are returned. Contactless book checkout is still available as a book checkout option. Finally, we encourage teachers to select library instructional models that enable the CDC suggested minimum social distancing of 3 feet in schools. You can read more details on these safety measures here.

E-hallpass system: Between 8am and 3 pm students visiting the library for book return/checkout or for a consultation with library staff will request a pass through the E-hallpass system. Look for “Library” as a destination in your pass creation dropdown menu. Please check in with the library staff when you arrive/leave so we can mark your pass appropriately. We are unable to mark passes unless you check in/out with us. Thanks for your understanding!

Seminar: Individual reading and study areas will be available during seminar rotations on Monday, Thursday and Friday. Students will utilize the e-hallpass system to receive their passes to visit. On Thursdays students will remain in the library until the end of that rotation (signaled by the school bell system).

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

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 Seminar?

We’re still waiting to find out details on the new 2021-22 daily schedule!

Our library aims to provide a welcoming, calm oasis for those moments when you need to unwind in a focused setting.

Reservations Accepted

Study spaces available:

Individual reading in lounge chairs

Individual studying at tables

Partner projects at tables

Large screen computer collaboration

During Seminar

Library staff available for:

Book suggestions

Book checkout & returns

Writing assistance

Research assistance