COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Resource Page

Your librarians are still hard at work inside the library brainstorming new, innovative ways we can serve you during the course of our closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  First up is our new COVID-19 Resource Page.  The page contains COVID-19 Fast Facts, links to reliable facts and information about the disease and subsequent pandemic.

Additionally, there is a page called Fun Stuff to Do Online with links to activities, resources, and free digital books that can be accessed while kids and parents are working to find information they can access from home while school is closed.  We are also working on a Fun Stuff for Grownups page as well, which will have links to things grown-ups can explore to occupy their time during social distancing and quarantine as well.  

What else would you like to see happening with your library?  Let us know!  Stay safe and we’ll see you soon!


Temporary Curbside Checkout Service now available.

In an attempt to continue serving our community during this period of social distancing and closures, the Hastings Memorial Library is instituting “Curbside Checkout” of materials. If you are interested in this service, please follow the following procedures:

  • Checking Out
    Requested items are for registered Hastings Memorial Library patrons with cards in good standing. We will not be issuing any new library cards at this time. Requests can be made the following ways:
    1) Via email ( and voicemail at anytime. Library staff will respond as soon as possible, via the original method of communication (emails get emails, voicemails will receive phone calls).
    2) Call the library between 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Monday – Thurs to speak to a librarian and schedule your pick up time.
  • Check out Guidelines
    1) 5 items per person per family, including 2 “new” (red dot) titles.
    2) This limit does NOT apply to any existing holds you may have on books.
  • Returns
    1) Any materials not “long overdue” or “lost”, will automatically be renewed for the duration of this closure. Any overdue fine that may be incurred after March 1st will be waived. Therefore, patrons are encouraged to keep materials until further notice.
    2) If you choose to return anything, please drop it in the Book Drop. Staff will not handle your returned items at curbside.
  • Other Details
    When you make your materials request, please include the following:
     Specific title/author/magazine issue if you have it.
     Top 3 titles (per person)
     Top 3 authors (per person)
     Top 3 genres/topics (per person)
     The day and time you would prefer to pick up your materials. Library staff will do their best to accommodate that request.   

    Because we are unable to guarantee the availability of specific requested materials, providing this information helps the librarians find appropriate items for you.

    In addition to this temporary service, our digital collections are always available via our website Watch for upcoming tutorials on the use of these resources.

    If you are disabled or over 70 years of age, please contact the library for additional services that may be available to you.

    Please be advised that this service may change or end at any time, due to the unprecedented and uncertain circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. The library staff appreciates the patience and understanding of the community as we navigate this unfamiliar territory


An Open Letter From the Library Director

Dear friends,

The global COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic has brought about unprecedented and uncertain circumstances for all of us. At Hastings Memorial Library, the health and safety of our patrons as well as our staff members is of utmost importance. In order to ensure this safety, Hastings Memorial Library will, effective immediately, be closed to the public until further notice.

1) Patrons are encouraged to keep items they already have at home until further notice. Any fines that accrue during this period will be automatically waived.

2) Patrons who feel it necessary to return their items are asked to use the drop box by the front door.

3) All holds on items will be frozen and will not expire until we reopen.

4) The Makerspace will also be closed to the public. We are in discussions with the Nebraska Library Commission to extend the studio’s tenure here to make up for the closure.

5) Our online presence including our ebook, downloadable audiobook, and downloadable magazine collections will remain available anytime. These can be accessed by visiting our website at .

6) Staff will attempt to provide as much assistance as possible during this closure. We are still working out all of the details on this. Please email us with any questions at . A staff member will reply to your email as soon as possible.

7) We are exploring ways we can still provide services to you while closed. Please watch our Facebook page and website, as we will keep both updated as information is made available and situations change.

8) Follow the recommendations set forth by the CDC and state and local health authorities. Stay home if you feel sick. Wash your hands. Avoid touching your face. Did we mention wash your hands? If you can work from home, do so. Avoid crowds and groups of 10 people or more. Do your part to flatten the curve.

This is a difficult situation and this decision was not made lightly. After consulting federal and state guidelines for this pandemic and visiting with local authorities, we truly feel this is the best decision for our community at this time. Thank you for your continued support and understanding. We hope to be back serving the community in our normal capacity very soon.



Robin Quinn
Library Director


COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Fast Facts

With so much information out there about COVID-19, it can be hard to know what is true and what is not.  Did this Facebook post actually come from a doctor or from someone who just changed their first name to doctor? Luckily, we have gathered information from reliable sources so you can find facts and only the facts.  Click on any of the links below for more information.



Innovation Studio Class Schedule 3/9 through 3/14

Check out the Innovation Studio training schedule for the next two weeks.  Please call the library at (308) 352-4894 to reserve your spot in a class.  We only have 4 more weeks before our studio moves on!  Come in and get trained so you can make all the things!


Tuesday, March 10:

  • Vinyl Cutter
    • 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM 
  • 3D Printer
    • 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM.    
  • Laser Cutter
    • 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM.       

Wednesday, March 11th:

  • Heat Press
    • 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM.     

Monday, March 16:

  • 3D Printer                    10:30 AM to 12:00 PM    

Wednesday, March 18th:

  • Heat Press                  6:30 PM to 8:00 PM.  

Thursday, March 19th:

  • CNC Router                2:00 PM to 3:30 PM.   

Saturday, March 21st:

  • Laser Cuttter              9:15 AM to 10:45 AM        
  • Vinyl Cutter                  11:00 AM to 12:00 AM