Library Card Policy

Library Card Qualification

Free library privileges are available to:

  • Anyone who resides in Douglas County
  • Anyone who owns property in Douglas County
  • Any business or school located within Douglas County
  • Active military personnel
  • Any student age 5 through 18
  • Current Metro Community College students
  • Lincoln City Libraries cardholders

(City of Omaha residents by virtue of Chapter 14, Omaha Municipal Code; Douglas County residents by virtue of Interlocal Cooperative Agreement--City of Omaha/Omaha Library Board/Douglas County, approved March, 1997; Lincoln City Libraries, approved April, 21, 1990)

For privileges to checkout physical materials, the applicant must be present and provide photo identification and proof of residence or property owned. Active military personnel must provide active military identification.  Businesses and schools must provide an official written request from the business owner or school principal.

A mailing address of Omaha, Nebraska is not sufficient to determine eligibility for free privileges. The resident address of the applicant or the property/business owned by the applicant must be within Douglas County for free library privileges. Funding for the Omaha Public Library is supported by the taxpayers of Douglas County only.

Lost or Stolen Library Cards

Lost or stolen library cards must be reported immediately in person or by telephone to prevent unauthorized use or access. Patrons are responsible for all use of their library cards and all items checked out on their account. Lost or stolen library cards can be replaced with photo identification at any Omaha Public Library location. A patron is allowed free replacements.

Homebound Program

If a physical impairment prohibits a patron from visiting the library, they may be eligible for the library’s Homebound Program. To apply, please call the Circulation Department at 402-444-4801.

Non-Douglas County residents

Anyone who does not live in Douglas County and is not eligible for reciprocal privileges can purchase a non-resident membership which entitles each member of a household to library privileges for the amount of time purchased. Patrons may purchase a monthly membership for $6.25, 4 months for $25 or 12 months for $75.

Non-resident borrowers may register in person at any Omaha Public Library location. Each household member must be present to receive their library card. If an individual resides outside of traveling distance to Omaha Public Library and wishes to purchase a non-resident membership, they may call 402-444-4874 for assistance.

Forms of acceptable identification (Photo ID required for check-out privileges):

  • current Nebraska state ID
  • current driver's license or automobile registration
  • printed checks (personal, payroll)
  • utility bills (OPPD, MUD, telephone -- dated within the past 30 days)
  • business correspondence on official letterhead dated within the past 30 days (envelopes will not be accepted)
  • current lease, mortgage papers, or rent receipts that officially state the property address (no handwritten receipts; must be a preprinted form which shows the bank or realty company name)
  • current OPL library card of another family member

Library Card Renewal

Library cards for residents are renewable every five years. At the time of account renewal, the patron must appear in person and re-verify all account information with proper documentation, as well as pay any fines and fees due, or begin a payment plan. At the time of account renewal, adult patrons must appear in person and re-verify all account information with proper documentation, as well as pay any fines and fees due. A parent can renew their child's account with the parent's documentation and payment of any fines and fees due. Once a patron reaches age 18, they will need to be present for account renewal. Checkout privileges are suspended if a patron owes more than $25.00 or has more than 10 items overdue.

PIN - Personal Identification Number

Library records are confidential by law in the State of Nebraska and the PIN acts as a security feature.

A PIN allows a patron to quickly and easily access information about their library account over the telephone and online. The PIN is also required to gain computer access in the library. .

A PIN cannot be disclosed, changed or added over the phone. A PIN can only be changed in person when current identification is provided, or via the Omaha Public Library website. In addition, it is the patron's responsibility to change the PIN or declare their card lost if they wish to restrict access to their account.

Approved by the Board of Trustees
of the Omaha Public Library, June 20, 2018