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How Do I Get a Library Card in Nebraska?
To get a library card, please contact your local public library to determine their cardholder policy and to ensure you have any necessary documentation (proof of address, etc). Some libraries allow patrons to fill out card applications online, but many require a patron to come in person to the library.

Nebraska Public Libraries and contact information

How do Nebraska libraries determine who can get a library card?

Each public library in Nebraska sets their own policy on whom may obtain a library card and what library privileges they are offered. There is no Nebraska state statute that specifies how library card policies are set. The Nebraska Library Commission does not have the authority to dictate library card policies.

Do I have to pay for a card?

Many public libraries provide free library cards to residents of their funding base (often the city or county where taxes are allocated to the library). Some charge a fee to nonresidents (even those in the same county, but outside city limits), and some provide free access to all. Some libraries have established reciprocal agreements with other libraries, and some participate in the NebrasKard program.

Information about some of the larger library systems in the state can be found here:
Sarpy County Libraries (Bellevue, Papillion, La Vista, Springfield, )
Omaha Public Library
Lincoln City Library
Grand Island Public Library

Information about the NebrasKard Program

I live in a Sanitary and Improvement District (SID). Why does the local library charge me a nonresident fee?

If your SID is located outside the service area of your local library, it is possible that your taxes do not fund the library. We recommend you contact the library or your SID's governing body to clarify.

Brought to you by the Nebraska Library Commission, with funding from the State of Nebraska and the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.