Syracuse Public Library

Syracuse-Libraryelement22480 5th St.
Syracuse, NE 68446
Phone: (402) 269-2336
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Sue Antes - Librarian
Office Hours:
Monday 9AM-5PM
Wednesdays 9AM-8PM
Fridays 9AM-5PM

Saturdays 9AM-12PM


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Syracuse Public Library is a Public library. This library is the central facility for the library system that serves Syracuse, Nebraska. The collection of the library contains 8184 volumes. The library circulates 17887 items per year. The library serves a population of 1762 residents.
The Syracuse Public Library holds numerous genealogical holdings within its facility.  To view the complete index of all their genealogical holdings, please open the Syracuse Public Library Genealogical Holdings file located on the left side of this page.
"A reading room was established on the upper floor of the fire hall by Maurice C. Joyce.  This was Syracuse’s first library.  Joyce solicited all of the books which his friends had finished.  He assumed all responsibility for lending the books until he was elected County Judge.
Joyce had great interest in books because he was a self-educated man.  He had come to Nebraska in 1881 from Massachusetts, and moved to Syracuse in 1883, as a harness maker.  In fact, Joyce and his partner, W.W. Bell, lost their harness shop in the fires of 1893 and 1894, the only merchants to sustain a double loss.  During these busy years when the community was rapidly growing, he took a great interest in politics and “read” law, which was still a common practice then.  He was elected and served as Otoe County Judge from 1898-1901 and 1904-1905.  After his tenures as County Judge, he returned to Syracuse, in partnership with Charles Shrader, and combined his harness business with hardware and farm implements.
At the time Judge Joyce left for Nebraska City to assume his office, the Women’s Club undertook the task of running the library.  They gave programs to buy new books.  Their programs were sometimes ambitious.  One time they put on a current play for which they had to pay a royalty.  With this expense they only had five dollars left for the library’s fund.  Rather than admit their small profit, the members of the committee made a donation.
In the Syracuse Journal of November 20, 1900, there was this notice, 'The reading room which has been opened in the lower room of the Odd Fellows Hall is open Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday evenings from 7 to 9:30 o’clock and the public is cordially requested to make use of it.'  In 1901 the management of the library passed from the Women’s Club to the City of Syracuse, which raised a half mill for its support.  In 1934 the Congregational Church was remodeled, under the direction of William Klingenberg, to become the present library." (1)
Works Cited:

(1) Masters, Margaret Dale. For the Record; the Centennial History of Syracuse, Nebraska. Syracuse, Neb.: Maverick Media, 1972. 56-57. Print.

Genealogy Events

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Groundhog Capital of NEBRASKA -  Unadilla.  Time Magazine published Unadilla Bill's predictions are 83% CORRECT!!!  Way to go BILL!!!   Go to their website: for more details.

Saturday, February 17th - Unadilla Community Center, Gym 2PM - FREE COUNTY MUSIC SHOW!  "Three Cords & a Cloud of Dust" - playing your favorite County, 50th & 60's.  During intermission - Quilts of Valor Presentation to Retiring Col. John Bryan. John was a Burr resident and graduate of Syracuse High School.  Refreshments will be served.  The History & Veteran's Rooms will be open for your viewing pleasure.

 Program Ideas - Come & share with us!!!  We want to make the Society interesting to all Otoe County area residents or descendants of Otoe County Pioneers!!

Greater Omaha Spring Conference - Thursday, March 15th, 2018. 12:30 - 9:30PM. UNO's Thompson Alumni Center, 6705 Dodge ST , Omaha

Irish Resources for Genealogists -

Workshop Flyer - Workshop Poster - click on either item for PDF document.

Midwest Genealogy Center Spring Seminar, Saturday, March 24th, 9am-4PM, Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center, 18011 S Bass Pro Drive, Independence, MO 64055.

Mapping your Family History - Go to their Facebook page for more details and ticket information.

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Syracuse Museum of Memories - Looking for Volunteers.  They meet every Wednesday, 9AM.  Open every Sunday afternoon - May-October, else by Appointment.  See their page on our site for further details. 


Meeting Minutes

May 2017 Meeting Minutes - Click HERE for the minutes.

April 2017 Meeting Minutes - Click HERE for the minutes.

February 2017 Meeting Minutes - Click HERE for the minutes.