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Your Questions

Any resident of Adams County may sign up for a library card for free. Non-residents, either individual or family, pay only $30 a year.

New borrowers must bring a valid photo ID and something with their current address on it. This may be the photo ID, a piece of mail, a renters agreement or lease, etc.

Children ages 15 and under need parental consent when applying for a card. The parents or legal guardians are responsible for all items borrowed on their children’s’ accounts.

NebrasKard is a program that allows library members to borrow from other participating libraries. Borrowers who wish to participate must be current Hastings Public Library cardholders in good standing. Hastings Public Library will provide a NebrasKard sticker, which has a yearly expiration date.

The library also provides an Interlibrary Loan service, in which materials not owned by the library are requested from another library. You may request books, audio books, DVDs, CDs, newspapers on microfilm, and cake pans. Most items can be obtained within two weeks. There is a small fee of $1.50 per item.

Your library card is yours. You are responsible for any materials checked out on your account that may be lost, damaged, or overdue.
You are responsible for all materials and fines on your account until your library card is reported missing. If your library card or key chain card is lost or stolen please contact the library as soon as possible. (402) 461-2346
Library members may receive e-mail and/or text notices about hold items ready to pick up, items due soon, and overdue items. Call the library at (402) 461-2346 or visit the library to request e-mail or text notifications.

You may also request or update your text notification preferences online. Log in to your account and go to Text Message Notifications. Update the current phone number listed, or add a new number. Select the notifications you would like to enable.

Failure to receive notices does not excuse overdue fines.

Fines for items returned late are $0.10 per day. Fines for Interlibrary Loan materials returned late are $1.00 per day. The full replacement cost is required for lost or damaged items. Library members may continue to check items out until fines or charges exceed $10.00.

Hastings Public Library partners with the collection agency Unique Management Services, Inc. to collect outstanding fines and fees and to recover lost materials. Library accounts are sent to the collection agency when materials are 90 days overdue or the cost of replacing the overdue materials plus any outstanding fines for the material totals $25.00 or more.

  • Unlimited number of books – 3 weeks; 1 week for New Adult Fiction
  • 10 DVDs/videos – 1 week
  • 10 Music CDs – 3 weeks
  • 5 Magazines – 1 week
  • 2 Puppets – 3 weeks

There is no limit on total number of items.

Most items may be renewed for two additional checkout periods by phone, in person, or online, if no one else has reserved them.

To renew items online, log in to your account and select the items you wish to renew listed under the Checkouts tab.

Library members may borrow books, audio books, DVDs, CDs, magazines, and Kindles.

Also available for check out are Go Pro cameras, Chromecast, projector, and Kill-A-Watt readers. Library members may check out laptops for in-house use for up to two hours per day.

The library also subscribes to numerous newspapers that may be read in-house, such as the Hastings Tribune, New York Times, Wall Street Journal and more.

Call or visit the library to ask about the museum pass!

Call or visit the library to arrange a proctored exam. After your exam has been scheduled, you will need to contact your school and arrange for the exam materials to be sent and to follow up with the library to ensure that is has received the materials before you come in to take the exam. Please notify the library of any special requirements for your exam, such as a specific browser or software needed.
The library offers two book clubs for members to gather and discuss a variety of books. Selections include both fiction and non-fiction titles. Suggestions are welcomed from book club members.

The Morning Book Club meets on the third Thursday of every month at 10:00 am. Past selections have included Gone Girl, Silver Linings Playbook, End of Your Life Book Club, and Orange is the New Black.

The Evening Book Club meets on the last Wednesday of every month at 6:30 pm. Past selections have included Danish Girl, People of the Book, Night Circus, and Pride of Baghdad.

The library will have individual Federal and Nebraska State tax forms as they become available. Due to IRS budget cuts, the library will receive limited IRS forms but not instructions, schedules and related publications.

Library staff are happy to help print what you need. The first 10 pages of printed tax forms are free, and any additional pages are $0.10 per page.

The library does not offer tax help, but staff members may direct you to an organization that does.

The library offers free Wi-Fi in all public areas. To access the free wireless network, select the network name “hpl” under your device’s wireless settings.
The library offers public computers with Internet access. You may either enter your library card number and PIN to log in, or receive a guest pass from the desk. Computers users are allowed up to two hour sessions per day.

The computers are equipped with Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Please bring your own flash drive to save documents or files created on a library’s computer.

Users of the library’s public computers must comply with the library’s Computer Use Policy prohibiting abusive or illegal sites.

The library offers a self-service copy machine that is available for anyone to walk in and use. It accepts coins and bills. Black and white copies and color copies are $0.10 per page.

You may also print from your own device to the library’s print station through the wireless printing service PrinterOn. Print a document or web page from your mobile device or laptop to the library’s printer. The job is held in the system until you come to the library to retrieve it; jobs are automatically deleted from the system each night the library closes.

One-on-one sessions are available by appointment and may last up to an hour. You may book follow-up appointments if needed. Please call or fill out the appointment form available at the library.

Learn about:

  • Computer basics
  • E-mail and Internet basics
  • Online job searching and resume writing
  • eBooks and other digital content
  • Social Media
  • Library resources
  • Personal devices such as eReaders, tablets, smartphones, and laptops
The library has the following available on the microfilm reader:

  • Hastings Tribune dating October 2, 1905 through the current issue
  • Census of the population in Nebraska: 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930
  • City directories of the United States: Hastings 1891-1960 (sporadically)

The Hastings Tribune primarily covers Adams County Nebraska obituaries. Obituary requests may be made via phone, e-mail or in person. Patrons may use the microfilm reader at the library or have photocopies e-mailed or sent in the mail.

You may order microfilm through Interlibrary Loan for a fee of $1.50. You may also bring in your own film to view.

Copies are $0.25 per page. Staff assistance is available.

Our Team

Amy
AmyDirector
Contact Amy for:
• Administration
• Donations
• Renovation
Beth
BethEducation
Contact Beth for:
• Story Times
• School Visits
• Children’s Collection
Jake
JakeTechnology
Contact Jake for:
• Vendors
• Collection
• Technology
Mikel
MikelMarketing
Contact Mikel for:
• Volunteering
• Media Requests
• Partnering with HPL
Megan
MeganBookmobile
Contact Megan for:
• Bookmobile Requests & Information

Our Boards

Notice of Meeting: The Library Board of Trustees will meet Tuesday, April 11 at 5pm in the Hastings Museum Library. An agenda is available at the library.

Mission statement: The mission of the Hastings Public Library is to enhance the quality of life for our community by providing personalized, open access to the world of information and ideas. [Approved Board of Trustees, November 2009]

Hastings Public Library 2014-2016 Strategic Plan: View/Print  StrategicPlan

Meeting minutes: November 8, 2016 |  October 12, 2016 |  September 13, 2016 | August 25, 2016 |  July 12, 2016 |  June 14, 2016 |  May 3, 2016 | April 12, 2016 | February 15, 2016 | January 12, 2016

The Library Board meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 5pm, unless otherwise specified.

Sherri Andreasen |  Brad Beahm – President | Bobbi Buchholz – Vice President | Dave Hamburger | Kim Kern | Chris Wahlmeier | City Council liaison: Sarah Hoops | County Supervisor liaison: Lee Hogan | Amy Hafer – Library Director
Mission Statement: The mission of the Hastings Library Foundation is to acquire, apply, expend, and use gifts, grants and property for the use and benefit of the Hastings Public Library by managing, investing, reinvesting, exchanging, and/or selling these holdings, subject to the approval of the governing body of the library.

The Hastings Library Foundation is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) corporation, founded in 1978. It is governed by federal and state laws regulating non-profit corporations.

Jane Bauer | Lucinda (Cindy) Glen | Carol Hoffman  | Lynette Krieger | Rebecca Maddox-Spady – Vice President | Don Reynolds – Treasurer | Leota Rolls – Secretary  | Shelly Tork – President 

Call Shelly Tork at (402) 462-4154.

Contact any of the board members by mail:
Attention (Board member name)
c/o Hastings Library Foundation
PO Box 849
Hastings, NE 68902-0849

Mission statement: Members of the Friends of the Hastings Public Library are committed to helping the library, through advocacy, fundraising and volunteerism, to meet the needs and expectations of the people it serves by supplementing the basic services and programs provided by the library budget. (Adopted 4/1997)

David Bierman – Treasurer | Tyson Havranek | Deb Sharrick – President | Julie Zoucha – Vice President 

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The Teen Advisory Board meets once a month September through May, making it a great opportunity for teens in grades 6-12 to meet new people and get involved.  TAB members help plan and participate in the teen events, give input about items that may be added to the library collection, and earn community service hours.  And of course, there is always free food and fun activities!

For more information visit our Teen Page.