Frequently Asked Questions

How can I get a library card?

The Baright Public Library (BPL) serves at no charge all residents of Douglas County and all students attending and teachers working in a Ralston school. Everyone applying for a library card must show a picture ID (such as a driver’s license) and proof of their CURRENT address (such as printed checks, a bill mailed to you, car registration, property tax statement, or online equivalent). Parents must provide this identification when minors are registered. In addition, all nonresident students and teachers must provide proof of school registration each fall. A parent or legal guardian’s signature is required if a child is in 6th grade or younger, so a parent must accompany his or her child to the library to apply for a card.

Adults aged 65 and over and those actively serving in the military may also acquire a Baright Public Library card at no charge.

The Baright Public Library and Omaha Public Library have a reciprocal agreement allowing cardholders to borrow from BPL and all branches of Omaha Public Library. You need a BPL card or a BPL barcode on your large Omaha Public Library card. If you lose your library card, you must come into the library to get a replacement; identification with current address is required.

For your own safety, cardholders are asked to present their library card each time items are checked out. This prevents others from checking out on your card, and there are fewer chances for mistakes.

Nonresident families may purchase a 4-month library card for $25 or a 12-month card for $75.

Materials, Loan Periods and Overdue Charges

Books ; CDs ; Audiocassettes ; Playaways4 weeks$0.05
New Fiction ; Magazines ; Cake pans2 weeks$0.05
DVDs1 week$0.05

How can I renew an item I have checked out?

If you have an item that you would like to keep longer, please call the library at 402-331-7636 or login to your library account here to renew it. You will need your library card and PIN number to login to our catalog online.

How do I reserve an item currently checked out?

To reserve a book or other materials that are not currently available, call the library at 402-331-7636 or login to your library account here. You will need your library card and PIN number to login. If there is something you are interested in checking out from the library, but do not see it as a part of our collection, please fill out a request form for the library to purchase it.

Do you have computers available? How can I print at the library?

There are several computers available for public use. Ask at the front desk to use the library computer lab. Your library card will be held at the front desk until you are finished using the computer. Out-of-state/out-of-county residents may use a public computer outside the lab on a first-come, first-served basis.

There is a time limit of ONE HOUR for general computer use and 30 MINUTES for Internet use. These limits are enforced when the lab is busy. The Internet is filtered on all but one of the computers. Only patrons aged 18 and up may use the unfiltered computer. Parents and guardians, not the library or its staff, are responsible for the Internet information selected or accessed by their children.

Printing costs $ 0.10 per page. Cash and check are accepted, and money must be provided in advance of printing. Color printing is available at no additional cost.

Do you have a fax machine?

The library has a fax machine available for public use. To receive a fax at the library, have the fax sent to the fax number 402-331-1168. Receiving a fax costs $0.50 per page.

To send a fax from the library, the cost is $1.00 for the first page and $0.50 for each additional page. To send a fax, please have the number available to where the fax is being sent.

Faxes can be sent or received on letter size paper, 8.5″ by 11″. Legal size, 8.5″ by 14″, can also be used if arranged in advance.

Do you have a copy machine?

The library has a public copier available to make copies at a cost of $0.10 per page. Color copying is also available on the copier for no additional cost. Copies can be made onto letter (8.5″ x 11″) or legal (8.5″ x 11″) size papers.

How do I volunteer at the library?

The library accepts volunteers that are high school age and above. To volunteer, interested applicants must first fill out an application in person at the library. Volunteers may complete a variety of tasks based upon their interest, skills, and needs. High school student volunteers are especially in need during the library’s annual Summer Reading Program, which takes place in June and July, but may complete required hours throughout the year.