Equipment, Services and Book Sets

The Western Library System has many resources available for loan.  Most items are checked-out for three weeks.  Contact the WLS office if you wish to reserve resources and equipment.  Items may be picked up from the WLS office, shipped via USPS, or hand delivered by WLS staff.   The Western Library System will pay the postage to mail it to your library & your library is responsible for the return postage.  Some items require insurance for shipping, and some valuable or very heavy  items we will not place in the mail.  If you would like WLS staff to deliver your materials, please make advance reservations.




  • Cover One Book Repair System: This binding repair machine can fix a variety of types and sizes of books up to a 2 ½ ” thick book.  It will also work with legal size as well as regular 8½ x 11″ size items and paperbacks.  Repaired books will be ready to use in just 20 minutes.  Cost is $1.00 per book.  You must bring your own books into the WLS office and make your own repairs there. Go to and click on the link for Book Repair Demo on the left-hand side of the page to see it in action.


  • Binding Machine (Docubind P100): create impressive looking reports, proposals, manuals, or directories with this plastic comb presentation binding system.


  • Follett Inventory Scanners: Follett Panther allows you to circulate books or take inventory from anywhere.  It is compatible with Follett software only.  This scanner works with Follett Destiny & Circulation Plus/Catalog Plus. The Panther connects to your Windows Desktop or Laptop using Microsoft’s ActiveSync software to allow seamless upload of data from your Panther into Circ/Cat.


  • Microphone Speaker System


  • Epson Projector


  • EcoSmart Disc Repair Machine: WLS will repair or clean your CDs/DVDs with our disc repair system.  WLS will repair the first 10 discs free of charge per fiscal year. Starting with the 11th disc, you will be charged .50 cents per disc.  Please mail or drop of your discs at the WLS office.





  • Breakout EDU kits:  WLS has two kits that may be checked out on a first-come, first-serve basis for programs, events, and library training.  System members may borrow the kits at no cost for up to two weeks.  A loan agreement must be signed and delivery arrangements will be made at the time of the reservation.  Each kit is capable of 350 games geared for all ages.  Visit for lots of helpful information.  Contact the WLS office to reserve a kit.


  • Professional Journals: You may borrow a specific issue, or receive the journal on a rotating basis by signing-up for the WLS journal rotation.  WLS subscribes to American Libraries, Library Journal, School Library Journal, and Booklist.


  • DVD Checkout Service: WLS has 407 DVDs on their shelves.  You may check out 20 DVDs of your choosing to borrow up to 90 days. We will mail the DVDs to your library and you will be responsible for the postage of mailing them back within the 90 days.  Any library has the option to stop by the office for the pick up or drop off of the DVDs.  Contact the WLS office for a current list of the DVDs showing what is checked out or use this link:  just to view the whole list.  Contact the WLS office with your choices to check out.


  • Consulting: The Western Library System Coordinator is available to work individually with library staff, boards, school media specialists and other members on any aspect of library service.  Through on-site visits, phone calls and email, the Coordinator assists members to resolve problems, assess needs, and enhance programs.


  • Planning and Development: The Western Library System provides assistance with the development of library plans, encourages partnerships, makes information available about funding opportunities, and supports library staff and boards as they seek innovative ways to meet the needs of their communities.


  • Online Mailing List: Join the WLS mailing list to receive timely library and System news, information, and updates.  Any member librarian, library trustee, or media specialist may subscribe to the list at:


  • Scholarships: The Western Library System Board established a scholarship fund to facilitate professional development. Librarians, Media Specialists, Board Members, Trustees, and any other people involved in library service in the Western Library System may use monies in the fund for attendance at professional meetings, classes, workshops, or other beneficial academic activities.  To apply for a WLS Scholarship submit a Scholarship Application and letter.


  • Training: WLS provides workshops and individual training on topics of interest to librarians, media specialists, and library trustees.  Contact the System office to request or schedule a training session.


Reference – Online



Book Sets – Contact the WLS office to check out any books


Product DetailsDeath Zones & Darling Spies by Beverly Deepe Keever
Beverly describes what it was like for a Nebraska farm girl to find herself halfway around the world in Saigon as an American correspondent during the seven year Vietnam War.  10 copies



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Once Upon a Town by Bob Greene
In this poignant and heartwarming eyewitness history, based on interviews with North Platte residents and the soldiers who once passed through, Bob tells a classic, lost-in-the-midst-of-time American story of a grateful country honoring its brave and dedicated sons.  9 copies


Product DetailsO Pioneers! by Willa Cather
This is the sentimental and somewhat controversial story of the Bergsons, a family of Swedish pioneers that settles for life on the American prairie. 13 copies



Product DetailsI Am A Man by Joe Starita
Chief Standing Bear’s journey for justice. 12 copies




Product DetailsLocal Wonders by Ted Kooser
Kooser describes with exquisite detail and humor the place he calls home in the rolling hills of southeastern Nebraska known as the Bohemian Alps. 8 copies



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A Lantern In Her Hand by Bess Streeter Aldrich
Abbie accompanies her family to the soon-to-be-state of Nebraska.  There, in 1865, she marries and settles into her own sod house.  The novel describes Abbie’s years of child-raising, of making a frontier home able to withstand every adversity.  17 copies


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Crazy Horse by Mari Sandoz
This history of the Oglala Indian Crazy Horse is splendidly done and gives a magnificent picture of the Plains Indian civilization.  17 copies




Product DetailsThe Book Thief by Markus Zusak
By her brother’s graveside, Liesel Meminger’s life is changed when she picks up a single object, partially hidden in the snow.  It is The Grave Digger’s Handbook and it is her first act of book thievery.  So begins a love affair with books and words, as Liesel, with the help of her accordion-playing foster father, learns to read.  11 copies


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The Meaning Of Names by Karen Gettert Shoemaker
This is a hauntingly tender story set in Nebraska during WWI, a time when nationalism led to prejudice against German-Americans, a time when the influenza pandemic of 1918 killed millions.  Karen Gettert Shoemaker weaves an enduring story of faith, family, and love. 15 copies


Product DetailsBlack Elk Speaks by John G. Neihardt
The Complete Edition 2017 One Book One Nebraska – Black Elk Speaks, the story of the Oglala Lakota visionary and healer Nicholas Black Elk (1863-1950) and his people on their journey. Whether appreciated as the poignant tale of a Lakota life, as a history of a Native nation, or as an enduring spiritual testament, Black Elk speaks is unforgettable.  15 copies