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]
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I qualify for a library card?
Any resident of Adams County may sign up for a library card for free. Non-residents, either individual or family, pay only $40 a year.
What do I need to get a library card?
New borrowers must have a valid photo ID and an item with their current address on it (e.g., photo ID, piece of mail, renter’s agreement or lease, etc).
How old must I be to have a library card?
There is no age limit on applying for a library card. However, children ages 15 and under need parental consent when applying. The parents or legal guardians are responsible for all items borrowed on their children’s accounts.
What is NebrasKard?
NebrasKard is a program that allows library members to borrow from other participating libraries in the state of Nebraska. Borrowers who wish to participate must be current Hastings Public Library cardholders in good standing. The Hastings Public Library will provide you with a NebrasKard sticker, which has a yearly expiration date that can be renewed at the main desk.
What are my responsibilities as a cardholder?
You are responsible for any materials checked out on your account that may be lost, damaged, or overdue.
What if I lose my card?
If your library card is lost or stolen, call the library (402)-461-2346 to report it missing. You are responsible for all materials and fines on your account until your library card is reported missing. You can replace your card at the library with a valid ID at no charge.
How many items can I checkout and how long can I keep them?
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.
- Books and audio-books – 3 weeks
- New Adult Fiction – 1 week
- 10 DVDs – 1 week
- TV series – 3 weeks
- 5 Magazines – 1 week
- Kindles – 3 weeks
- Ask about the Museum Pass
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.
What are the fines for overdue or lost books?
Fines for overdue items are $0.10 per day. Fines for overdue Interlibrary Loan materials are $1.00 per day. The fee for damaged or lost items is based upon the item. The full replacement cost is required for lost or damaged items. Failure to receive notices does not excuse overdue fines.
Can I still check out with fines on my account?
Library members may continue to check items out until fines or charges exceed $10.00.
What happens if I don’t pay my fines?
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.
How do I renew?
You may renew your items online, in person, and by calling the library (402-461-2346.
To renew items online, access the your account through the Catalog, log in, and select the items you wish to renew listed under the Checkouts tab.
What is the InterLibrary Loan Service?
Interlibrary Loan service provides materials not owned by the Hastings Public Library from other libraries. You may request books, audio books, DVDs, CDs, newspapers on microfilm, and cake pans. Most items can be obtained within two weeks.
Do you offer proctor exams?
Call or visit the library to schedule 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 to the library. Please follow up with the library to ensure that we have 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.
Does the Library have tax forms?
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. The first 10 pages of printed tax forms are free. Any additional pagers are $0.10 per page.
The library does not offer tax help, but staff members may direct you to an organization that does.
Does the Library offer printing services?
Library staff are happy to help you print what you need from a computer. Pages, black and white or color, are $0.10 per page. Prints from library computers are held in the system at the front desk. When you are ready to collect your prints, ask and pay the fee at the front desk.
The library also offers a self-service copy machine that is available for anyone to use. It accepts coins and bills, and copies, black and white or 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 from home or at the library. The job is held in the system until you come to the library to retrieve it; prints should be picked up that day as jobs are automatically deleted from the system each night the library closes.
Do you have public Wi-Fi?
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.
Are there computers available for public use?
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. Computer users are allowed up to two hours of use 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 computer.
Users of the library’s public computers must comply with the library’s Computer Use Policy, prohibiting abusive or illegal sites.
What if I need help with using a computer?
One-on-one sessions are available with a staff person 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.
- 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
What is the microfilm?
The microfilm reader allows you to research the following material:
- 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. You may also bring in your own film to view.
What book clubs are at the Library?
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.
How do I volunteer at the library?
To volunteer, please fill out this form. You may also contact our PR Coordinator, Morgan Karel at 402-461-2347
How do I reserve a study or meeting room?
Select the Calendar tab on our website. There will be an option to Reserve a Room. You may also call the library at 402-461-2346.
How do I reserve a tool in the Makerspace?
Select the Makerspace tab on the website menu to visit our Makerspace page.
How do I make a monetary donation?
How do I donate books?
You may donate books to the library for our annual book sale. Please do not donate books that are damaged, stained, or soiled. Call the library at 402-461-2346 to inform the staff of your donation. When you drop off your donation, please come through the alley to the staff entrance and ring the doorbell. A staff member will assist you.
Hastings Public Library 2017-2020 Strategic Plan
View or print here.
Hastings Public Library Advisory Board
The Hastings Public Library Advisory Board meets regularly at the library on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 5 pm unless otherwise specified. The 2020 schedule is as follows:
- February 11, 2020 | Agenda & Minutes
- April 14, 2020 | Agenda & Minutes
- June 9, 2020 | Agenda & Minutes
- August 11, 2020 | Agenda & Minutes
- October 13, 2020 | Agenda & Minutes
- December 8, 2020 | Agenda & Minutes
- Brad Beahm, Secretary
- David Bierman, President
- Nichole Bryant
- Kim Kern, Vice President
- Matt Fong, City Council Liaison
- Michael Stomer, County Supervisor Liaison
- Amy Hafer, Library Director