Frequently Asked Questions

How can I get a library card?

The Baright Public Library serves residents of Ralston, as well as all residents of Douglas County, at no charge. When applying for a library card, you must show a picture ID (such as Driver’s License) and proof of your current address. If your picture ID does not list your current address, another document listing your current address must be brought in, such as printed checks, car registration, a bill recently mailed to you, a property tax statement, or the online equivalent.

Non-residents fees are charged for those living outside of Douglas County and may be purchased monthly at $6.25 per month, $25 for a four month card, or 12 months for $75 per household.

Non-resident fees are waived for those living in Nebraska in the following situations:

  • Students attending Ralston area schools
  • Employees of Ralston area schools
  • Adults aged 65 and over
  • Ralston property owners
  • Ralston area businesses
  • Active duty military members

The Baright Public Library and Omaha Public Library have reciprocal agreement allowing cardholders to borrow from either library system. If you lose your library card, you must visit the library to obtain a replacement.

Individuals under age 19 may have a parent or legal guardian’s signature and identification to register for a card, OR be able to provide the following information correctly: full name, address, phone number and parent/legal guardian name.

Materials, Loan Periods and Overdue Charges

Books; CDs; Launchpads; Playaways 28 days $0.05
New Fiction; Magazines; Cake pans 14 days $0.05
Wi-Fi Hotspots; Chromebooks; and Kindle Oasis Ereaders 14 days $1.00
DVDs (limit of 10 at a time) 7 days $0.05


How can I renew an item I have checked out?

Most library materials checked out on your library card will automatically renew twice if no one else wants the item.  Only materials borrowed from other libraries will not automatically renew.  Please call the the library at 402-331-7636 if you have any questions about extending your loan due dates.


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. Computer lab use is limited to two hour time allotments and quick reference computer use has a 30 minute time limit. These time limits are enforced when usage of both lab and reference computers is high.

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.