The Beaver City Public Library provides the use of books, other resources, and services of information to all people. Privileges may be denied temporarily to any one who fails to return borrowed items, who is destructive to library property, or who is disruptive in the library or on the premises.

It is the policy of the library to keep the public aware of services through the local paper, Facebook page, and community board. The library staff will strive to keep the library up-to-date, meet individual needs; as well as, those of the community as a whole.

Who May use the Library:

A. The Beaver City Public Library will serve all residents of the community and the surrounding area. Service will not be denied to anyone because of religious, racial, economic or political status; or because of mental, emotional, or physical condition; age or sexual orientation.

B. The use of the library may be denied for due cause. Such cause may be failure to return library materials or to pay penalties, destruction of library property, disturbance of other patrons, or any other illegal, disruptive, or objectionable conduct on library premises.

C. Delivery of books/items are made upon request to those patrons confined at home.

The Beaver City Public Library complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) which prohibits discrimination and ensures equal opportunity for persons with disabilities in employment, State and local government services, public accommodations, commercial facilities, and transportation.

Our library supports and complies with both the Library Bill of Rights and the American Library Associations (ALA) Intellectual Freedom Manual. Beaver City Public Library views intellectual freedom as a core responsibility.


The Beaver City Public Library provides the following services:

* Loaning of materials including books, periodicals, DVD’s, audio cassettes, and equipment.

Each patron must have an active library card in order to check out materials.

Individual Patrons/families are allowed to check out up to 20 items at one time. This may be a combination of books, periodicals, and DVD’s. No more than three DVD’s may be checked out per library card at one time. Loan periods for books are one month. Periodicals (such as magazines and newspapers), DVDs, cake pans and audio cassettes are loaned for one week time periods. Reference material is for in house use only, unless permission is granted otherwise by the director. Loaned materials may be renewed one time then will be considered over due following the second due date.

* The library provides a photo kiosk for the public to print pictures from their digital cameras/devices. Prices for this service are listed at the library in public view.

* Nine Internet accessible computers are available to the public. Children age six (6) and under MUST be accompanied by a parent or guardian to utilize on-line services. See computer/internet policy for further details.

* A black & white color printer are available for printing, along with a scanner. The library also provides services to photo copy or fax items. There is a charge of $.25 per sheet for photo copies, $.50 per sheet on faxes sent or received. Color prints from computers are $1.00 per page. All copies must be on standard or parchment paper not card stock.

* Lamination is available upon request for items no larger than 8.5” x 11”. Cost of lamination is $2.00 per sheet.

DVD policy is as follows:

No child under the age of 18 is allowed to check out rated R or NR movies. Children ages 13 and under must have a signed permission slip by parent/guardian on file at the library in order to check out PG-13 movies. If not signed children will be limited to checking out only PG or G rated movies.

Items may be placed on hold or reserve per the patrons request.

Overdue notices will be sent out at the first of each month. The library does not charge late fees but will charge for items damaged or lost.


The Library is open Tuesday/Thursday 1-7, Wednesday 9-12 & 1-5, Friday 1-5, and Saturday from 9-12 (except Halloween, Christmas Eve, and New Year’s Eve, if these fall on a Thursday.) Holidays are those observed by the Beaver City Council: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, the Friday after Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.

In case of inclement weather, the Librarian will use his/her discretion as to whether or not the library will be open, close early, or remain closed.

The Library Director, Assistants, and Genealogy Society shall possess a key to the library. The Genealogy Society member holding the key may let other members and visitors from out of town in the library to use the genealogy room. He/She must accompany the visitor to the library and remain with them to supervise, turn off lights and equipment when finished. Absolutely no library materials may be taken out of the library during after hour visits.

Meeting and Genealogy Room:

All persons 14 years of age or older are welcome to use the genealogy material and the microfilm readers owned by the Furnas County Genealogical Society at the discretion of the librarian. All those younger than 14 must be accompanied by an adult. All the material owned by the Furnas County Genealogical Society may be used by non-members in this room only. None of these materials may be taken out of this room. Absolutely no food, drink or smoking is allowed in this room.


Pay to the library staff will be determined by the City Council.

The Beaver City Library Board will consist of five members who are city residents for a three year term. These terms of office will be scheduled over a three year period to begin October 1st so that no more than two members terms will expire at the same time. Board members agree to maintain the 20 hours of continuing education (CE) hours in order to meet the standards to keep the library accredited with the State of Nebraska.

The board will meet the second Tuesday of the even months for a meeting at 7 pm. The board shall elect at the October meeting from its membership a President, President elect and Treasurer for a year term. The director may serve as secretary of the board.

Board members are responsible to find a replacement member once their term is up.

Library Foundation:

The Library Foundation is under the Beaver City Area Community Foundation, a 501(c)(3) Status Foundation. A separate library foundation committee consists of a chairman, secretary, and treasurer. The purpose of the committee is to invest and deploy library foundation funds in accordance with the contributor’s instructions and to meet library services, needs or improvements. Fund monies are not to be used to replace cities operating funds, but rather enhance city funding, and meet donor’s wishes. A financial report will be present to the City Council every February as per their request.

Patron Responsibility and Conduct:

It is a patron’s responsibility to maintain necessary and proper standards of behavior in order to protect his/her individual rights and the rights and privileges of other patrons. If a patron shows disruptive or disrespectful behavior, that patron may be restricted from the Library and from the use of the library facilities. Those who are unwilling to leave or do not leave within a reasonable amount of time, after being instructed to do so by the staff, will be subject to the law. The library also holds each individual patron responsible for taking care of any material or equipment they choose to use in house or check out. This includes care of books, periodicals, DVD, audio cassettes, and computer equipment. It is expected that patrons return items in the condition they were when checked out. Patrons will be held responsible and are expected to reimburse the library for lost or damaged items. Library privileges will be suspended until damaged or lost items are paid for.

All food and drink must be kept at the table and trash placed in the trash can. Absolutely no food or drink is allowed near the computer equipment or photo kiosk. Abuse of food and drink policy will result in loss of privilege to have food or drink items in the library.

Responsibility for Selection:

The responsibility for selection of library materials rests with the library director who operates within the framework of the policies determined by the Beaver City Public Library Board. Staff members are encouraged to make recommendations; however, because the director must be available to answer to the library board and the general public for actual selections made, the director has the authority to reject any item contrary to the recommendations of the staff.

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