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Using the Library

APPLYING FOR A LIBRARY CARD

The Baright Public Library serves residents of Ralston, as well as all residents of Douglas County, at no charge. When applying for a library card, you must show a picture ID (such as a Driver’s License) and proof of your current address. If your picture ID does not list your current address, another document listing your current address must be brought in, such as printed checks, car registration, a bill recently mailed to you, a property tax statement, or the online equivalent.

Non-residents fees are charged for those living outside of Douglas County and may be purchased annually for $75 per household.

Non-resident fees are waived for those living in Nebraska in the following situations:

  • People 65 years or older who live in Sarpy County

  • Students attending Ralston area schools

  • Employees of Ralston area schools

  • Ralston property owners

  • Ralston area businesses

  • Active duty military members
     

Individuals under age 19 may have a parent or legal guardian’s signature and picture identification to register for a card OR be able to provide the following information correctly: full name, address, phone number, and parent/legal guardian name.
 

CHECKING OUT LIBRARY MATERIALS

Loan Periods 

  • Books; Audiobooks on CD; Playaways - 21 days

  • New Fiction; Magazines - 14 days

  • DVDs (limit of 25); Telescope; Chromebook; Video Games (limit of 2); Musical Instruments (limit of 5); and Lawn Games (limit of 5)  - 7 days

  • Cultural Passes - 1 day

With the exception of the Cultural Passes, checked-outs will automatically renew up to four times if there is no one else who wants the item. 

Fines & Fees

Overdue fines for most items are $0.05 per day. For Chromebooks, Telescope, Video Games, Musical Instruments, and Lawn Games the fines are $1.00 per day.  And, late return of a Cultural Pass will result in a $10.00 per day charge.

The fee for a damaged or lost item is up to the retail value of the item. A $5.00 cleaning fee will be charged for Lawn Games returned dirty.
 

Placing Requests

If the item you want is checked out, you can place a hold on the item by logging into your library account here. If the library does not own the item you want, you can request we consider purchasing using our online request form.   

LIBRARY'S RULES OF CONDUCT

The Library strives to maintain a clean and comfortable environment where people can enjoy the materials and services provided by the library.  We ask our visitors to:

  • Treat the Library property, other customers, and staff with courtesy and respect

  • Respect one another, including library staff, and other customers

  • Check out all library materials before leaving the library

  • Parents or other legal guardians are responsible for the behavior of their minor children in the library. Children age 8 and younger may not be left alone in the library.
     

Unattended Children

All children age 8 and younger must be accompanied by a parent or designated responsible caregiver while in the library or attending a library program. We ask that the responsible caregiver remain within visual contact and in their immediate vicinity while on library premises.

A young person who is not able to leave the library without an adult should not be left alone at the library.

For a complete list of library policies

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