Library Policy


The Ainsworth Public Library will strive to meet the growing needs for our community residents in their personal, educational, and professional quest for information.


The Ainsworth Public Library believes it is essential to provide materials and services which will help community residents of all ages obtain information meeting their personal, educational and professional needs in a user-friendly environment.  The Library will strive to be a leader in the area of technology so that local citizens have access to the latest trends in this area.


Library Cards

Patrons are required to have a valid library card in order to check out
materials. The library is funded mostly by city taxes and a small amount by
the county. The Ainsworth Public Library will is issue a library card free of
charge if the patron resides within Brown County. Library card applicants must
show 2 forms of identification to demonstrate residency. Patrons residing
outside of the county may purchase cards for a fee of $35 per year/per family.
A child must be at least four years old before being awarded a library card.
All children being issued a card must have parental approval.
Our library does participate in the NebrasKard program so any library patron
from our county may sign up for one free of charge as long as they have a
good library record.

Check Out Loan Periods

Adult patrons may check out a total of five items at one time.
Children under the age of eighteen may have a total of four items out at
one time.
Only two titles by one author or two titles on a certain subject may be
checked out at one time.
The loan period for books, audio books, videos, and puppets is two weeks.
Magazines may be checked out for four days.
An unlimited number of paperbacks that are not cataloged (such as our
Paperback Exchange Section) may be checked out for an indefinite period
of time but are expected to be returned.

Cake pans may be checked out for one week

The audio-visual equipment such as the slide projector, filmstrip projector,
over-head projector, and screen are available for loan with a small fee.
All items are due on the date stamped on the item. Overdue charges will be
assessed if not returned on time.
Please note that certain reference materials and items that have a one-of-a-
kind historical value may not be checked out.


Books may be renewed in person or over the phone for a period of two
weeks from the original due date if no one else has requested the material.
Magazines will be renewed once with a four day extension

Overdue Items

Items not returned on the due date are considered overdue. The borrower
will be notified by a phone call or an overdue notice in the mail.
Twenty-five cents per day shall be charged for an overdue book or other library materials until the item is returned or to a maximum of $10.00.
Fines for damaged items shall be at the discretion of the librarian.
The library provides a Book Drop located in the front of the building so that
items may be returned when the library is closed.
Borrowing privileges can be suspended until the items and overdue charges
are paid. Additional charges for lost or damaged items will be charged. These charges will be equal to the replacement cost of the item.  Because all residents in Brown County share the library materials, prompt return is appreciated.

Placing Holds

You may request that the librarian place holds on items which are checked
out, so the material is reserved at check-in time.
There is no charge for requesting a hold.
You will be notified by phone when the item is returned to the library and
you will have five days to pick the item up before it is given to another
patron or returned to the shelves for general use.


The library will not be open on:

  • New Years Day
  • Memorial Day
  • July 4th
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day

If any of these holidays fall on Sunday, the library will be
closed on Monday.
The library may be closed on other holidays which the city honors,
or when the other businesses are closed.