The Falls City Library

& Arts Center

1400 Stone Street              

Falls City, NE 68355                    Hours: Monday-Thursday:   10 AM-8 PM

402-245-2913                                          Friday:                     10 AM-5.30 PM

402-245-3031 fax                                  Saturday:               9 AM-Noon

Our Policy



To assemble, preserve and administer a comprehensive collection of books and related educational and recreational material in order to provide, through guidance and stimulation, the communication of ideas and enlightened citizenship and enriched personal lives.


  1. To increase paid staff,  and increase hours to better serve the needs of the patrons. Consideration will be given to the needs of patrons who do not have access to the library.

  2. To provide activities such as reading programs and cultural programs so  opportunity and encouragement exist for persons of all ages to educate themselves continuously.

  3. To increase the use and growth of the Library in order to offer leadership in the development of the community.

  4. To operate as an integral part of the Nebraska Library System.




Democracy and the American way of life require that a full range of human ideas be accessible to the people and that proponents of various points of view be able to fully and openly make their cases, however popular or unpopular they may be, before the individual and collective judgment of their fellow citizens.


This principle is embodied in the First Amendment of the Constitution, which protects the free expression of  ideas, and in American public libraries where librarians provide access to those ideas.


Therefore, the Falls City Library & Arts Center endorses and incorporates the Intellectual Freedom, Library Bill of Rights, Freedom to Read and Freedom to View Statements of the American Library Association into its policy.




If staff is presented with a search warrant by court order or subpoena they should refer the matter to the Library Director, or if unavailable the Library Board President.  A request for time to consult with the city’s legal counsel should be requested.  The city’s legal counsel should be present during the actual search of patron records.  The USA Patriot Act bars the institution from contacting the individual to disclose that a search warrant has been applied to their records.  Court orders will be the only breach of patron confidentiality.  The library staff will adhere to federal, state, and local laws: sources listed on page 16.  




  1. Library privileges may be obtained by filling out an application.  The applicant must provide current identification, a telephone number, one reference with a telephone number.  Only two items may be checked out at first visit.  Upon their return the patron may check out the regular limit.  The regular limit is twenty-five (25) per family, twenty (20) items for adult cards and ten (10) items for student/child cards.


  1. Falls City residents support the Library through property taxes.  Non-residents are assessed an annual fee of $25.00 per year to register a family (list each family member who has user rights), $20 to register an adult, and $10.00 to register a student/child.


  1. Temporary residents may borrow books by placing a $20.00 cash deposit at the Library.  The deposit will be returned at the conclusion of residence, once all materials have been returned.


  1. The library staff reserves the right to limit services to anyone for lost items, large fines, or disorderly behavior.




  1. Book materials may be checked out for four week periods.


  1. Current periodicals may not be checked out.  Back issues may be checked out for two week periods.


  1. Reference materials that are specially marked may be checked out for two week periods.


  1. Audio‑visual materials may be checked out for two week periods.


  1. The library cannot assume responsibility for damage caused to a patron's equipment by library materials.


  1. Copyright laws limit these audio‑visual materials to home viewing and prohibit their duplication.




  1. Items may be renewed two times, unless a hold has been made for the materials.  A longer time may be granted for special circumstances.


  1. Fines will be noted on the patron’s record.




  1. Requests may be made for materials to be placed on reserve.  The patron will be notified when the hold is ready, the material will be held for one (1) week.  If the material has not been picked up during that time it will then be returned to the shelf or the next patron called. 


Inter‑library Loan:


  1. An inter‑library loan material fee of $2.50 will be charged for each title requested to cover borrowing expenses.  These materials are loaned for a period specified by the loaning library.


Art Collection:


11. Acceptance of and loaning of material will be deferred to the Library & Community Foundation of Richardson County, Acceptance  Review Committee.




  • Books $.05 per day, per item. 

  • Audio visual, periodicals, reference $.25 per day, per item.

  • Inter‑library loan  $1 per day, per item.

  • Maximum fine of $3.00 will be charged for periodicals and pamphlets.


  1. The fine may not exceed the replacement cost of an item. 

  2. Lost or damaged library materials replaced at cost plus a $3 processing fee.

  3. Overdue schedule:


  • 1st notice – by mail/e-mail @ 2 weeks

  • 2nd notice – by mail/e-mail @ 5weeks

  • 3rd notice – telephone for return @ 7weeks

  • Final notice – notify city attorney @ 8weeks

  • Patrons with unpaid fines or overdue/lost library materials will have their library services suspended until the item(s) are returned and/or payment is made. Library staff will determine if the patron may be limited to (2) two items with a minimum payment of $1.



Check‑out Equipment:


1. Library equipment may be available to patrons. Patrons will assume full responsibility for loss or damage to the equipment while in their possession.  The equipment schedule will include reserve and return times to accommodate multiple requests.


Equipment Fees:

·         Projector                           $2.00 per day

·         Projector screen                 $2.00 per day


Other Equipment:



 Copies may be made by the public as posted;

·         $.10 per copy

·         $.20 per copy for double-sided 8 ½” and 11” x 17”

·         $.50 color less than half page

·         $1.00 color for full page


2. Laminator:  $.50 per foot, with a $.50 minimum.  The library staff cannot be responsible for cutting material, or for damage done by the laminating process.


3. Microfilm: Microfilm copies are $.25 each.  The microfilm machine may be reserved in advance for two hour blocks of time, a two hour time limit may be imposed if there are multiple requests for use.


4. Typewriter: The typewriter may be used in the library by patrons. 


5.         KINDLE FIRE


·         Patron has no fines, overdue items, or lost/damaged items

·         Patron is 18 years of age or parent/guardian permission

·         Parents/guardians responsible for setting control of content

·         Patron agrees to pay replacement fee ($200) if lost or damaged

·         Patron will not attempt to repair the device

·         Patron agrees to return the device in  four  (4) weeks

·         Patron will skip a turn if device is overdue

·         Patron will not return in book returns

·         Patron agrees that all content will be deleted upon return for the next patron



1. The Internet workstations are available during regular library hours to patrons in good standing and guests.  Scheduled activities in the computer lab will be posted.


2. No time restrictions will be imposed.  If multiple requests are made for computer use a two hour time limit may be imposed, at the library staff’s discretion.


3. Misuse of the computer or Internet access may result in the loss of your computer privileges.


4. No food or drink allowed in the computer room.


5. In response to the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), approved by the United States   Supreme Court July 2003, filters have been placed on all public internet stations.


6. Wireless Internet (WIFI) is available throughout the library.


Adults aged 17 and above may request that the filters be removed. The adult patron will inform the staff at the end of their computer usage. Filters cannot protect children from all adult content online and may in fact block useful, educational material.


The Library staff does not monitor and has no control over the information accessed through the Internet and cannot be held responsible for its content.  The Internet is a global entity with a highly diverse user population and Library patrons use it at their own risk.


All Internet resources accessible through the Library are provided equally to all Library users.  Parents or guardians, not the Library staff, are responsible for the Internet information selected and/or accessed by their children.  Parents ‑‑ and only parents ‑‑ may restrict their children ‑‑ and only their children ‑‑ from access to the Internet resources accessible through the Library.  Parents are encouraged to supervise their children's Internet sessions.


To be more specific:


The Library staff does not censor your access to materials or protect you from information you find offensive.  There is sexually explicit material and other information resources which you may personally find controversial or inappropriate.


Not all sources on the Internet provide accurate, complete, or current information.  You need to be a good information consumer, questioning the validity of the information you find.


Library staff cannot provide basic training concerning the internet and computer usage.  The staff may be able to direct searches to Nebraska Library Commission provided databases and answer questions.    





1. Materials may be accepted with the understanding that they will be added to the collection only as needed and according to the principles of selection.  The Library staff has the authority to make whatever disposition of items that she or he deems advisable.


2. Money, real estate, antiques, and other items will be evaluated individually as to their suitability for inclusion in the Library's collection and other personal property may be accepted if the conditions are acceptable to the Library Board. 


3. Materials purchased with donated or memorial funds will have a memorial/donation plate placed in each book unless the person wishes to remain anonymous.


4. Any gift may later be sold, exchanged, or traded to acquire other assets or items to replace or expand materials in the library's permanent collection.


5. Donors requesting a receipt for income tax purposes must provide the library with an independent appraisal.




The Library maintains an active policy of discarding 7% of the collection annually: outdated material, material no longer of interest or in demand, duplicate material, worn or mutilated copies, and material which no longer contributes to the total collection.  Because library material is purchased with public monies, no material may be given to an individual even though it is marked for discard.  Discarded materials may be sold.




  1. Any patron of the FCL&AC believes that material is inappropriate for the collection, the patron may write a written complaint to the Library Director, if the patron believes there is a violation of this policy, a policy review may be requested.The Library

  2. Director will consider the complaint and respond in writing to the patron within seven working days.

  3. If the response of the Library Director does not satisfy the patron, the patron may request to be placed on the next agenda for the meeting of the Library Board, to review the complaint.  This request must be made one week before the first Wednesday of the month.



  • The library meeting spaces are available on a reservation basis for use during regular library hours, free of charge to non‑profit organizations or groups for any lawful purpose.


  • Some meeting spaces may be reserved for profit based purposed at $10 per hour.


  • Library staff is not responsible for arranging furniture in meeting spaces, users should return the room to the way it was found. Clean, trash removed to exterior bins


Organizations that are not non-profit may be charged for meeting spaces.  The Stalder Gallery, when available, may be rented for $25 an hour, or $50 an hour when the audio-visual system is requested.  These charges will pay for an art docent/technology operator.


  • One person representing the organization or group must schedule and take responsibility for the group’s activities and library property during use.  Persons scheduling the meeting are responsible for rearranging the furniture and setting up chairs.  The room will be returned to its original condition and furniture configuration immediately after the meeting. A $10.00 clean‑up fee may be charged the group.


  • Requests may be made to the Library Director  for use of the facility outside of Library hours. Approval may be granted if staff can accommodate without overtime.


  • There is to be no use of tobacco or alcoholic beverages during the meeting, although refreshments may be served with permission, in certain areas of the facility


  • Violation of these regulations will result in a denial of future use of the room by the organization or group.


  • The Library Director may deny the use of the room for any purpose supported by just cause. Any such denial may be overruled by a majority vote of the Library Board at any regular special, or emergency meeting of the Board.


  • These rules shall be promulgated in accordance with Library policy and shall be posted in two places in the Library.


  • Political




DANGER: An emergency situation can be defined as any situation in which a person’s actions present an imminent danger to the life or safety of him/herself, others or to library property.  Such incidents may include assault and/or crimes of violence, or the threat or attempt such crimes.  The staff will immediately call the police.


INCLEMENT WEATHER:  In case of inclement weather, such as tornadoes, staff will direct the public to seek the Library storm shelter.  Library staff  will close the desk and take shelter.  For unattended children, the staff  assumes “in loco parentis” and directs them to shelter and attempts to locate family.  The Library staff has the authority to shut down the computer lab during electrical storms.  Blizzards and/or power failures that may interfere with Library operations will be decided by the Library Board President and Library Director, with as much public notification  as possible.  The Library may delay opening until the walks are cleared.


MEDICAL SITUATIONS: Remain calm, supportive, sympathetic, and see that the person is comfortable.  If the person is conscious, offer to help and ask for identification.  If the person is unconscious call 911 and keep other people away.


NATURAL DISASTER: Follow city procedure and recommendations. ??(Refer to City Clerk Gary Jorn)




When the behavior of a patron constitutes a disruption which interferes with the use of the Library by other patrons or the disruption interferes with a staff member’s completion of his/her duties, the following progressive steps will be taken:


  1. Issue a verbal warning, with the statement that the person(s) will be asked to leave if the behavior in question does not cease.

  2. Request the person(s) leave the library.

  3. Call the police.


In the case of repeat behavior a juvenile causing the disruption which interferes with patrons or staff members, staff may have to bar the juvenile from the library unless accompanied by a parent or guardian.  In the case of repetitive adult behavior problems a ban may be imposed.


A staff member may intervene with a child in order to prevent injury or property damage.


The children’s section of the library is for children, their families, and caregivers.  Adults  without children in the children’s section of the library service area may be requested to move to another area of the library.


The following actions are prohibited on library property for the safety of staff and patrons:

  • Annoying, harassing, or threatening another person

  • Physical, sexual, or verbal abuse of others, this includes cursing

  • Carrying weapons of any type unless authorized by law

  • Stealing, defacing, or destroying Library property

  • Interfering with the free passage of others

  • Behaving in a loud, disorderly, or disruptive manner

  • Leaving young children or vulnerable persons unsupervised or unattended

  • Skateboarding or roller-blading on Library property

  • Remaining inside the library when it is not open to the public

  • Smoking on library grounds




Display, Exhibits, Handouts, Bulletin Boards, Political Literature and Petitioning in the Library


As part of its public service and information mission, the Library makes available handouts, posting, and exhibit areas and bulletin boards.The use of these areas is intended to increase public awareness of the range of information available in the library collection and to make available information created by and of interest to the local community.Displays, exhibits, handouts, and materials posted on bulletin boards are covered by the intellectual freedom policies of the Library.


Final authority for all materials displayed and made available in handout, display, and exhibit space and on bulletin boards rests with the Library Director.




The Library staff adheres to the guidelines as outlined in the Labor Agreement between the City of Falls City and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1536 and CWA.  In addition the Library Board has outlined a business casual dress code as follows:


  1. No visible tattoos or body piercings (other than earrings).

  2. Modest attire such as knee length skirts, city shorts, pants that cover the midsection.

  3. Shoes should protect the feet; no sandals/open toe shoes/flip flops.

  4. Jeans are acceptable on Fridays.

  5. Tee-shirts with logos that support reading, books, and art are acceptable.


In general employees are expected to dress in a neat and businesslike manner when working with the public.  Personal grooming and hygiene are required.  Suggestive and unkempt attire will result in the employee being sent home to change.


Library staff is encouraged to pursue continuing education by attending conferences, workshops and taking online training.  Expenses for these opportunities will be paid by library budget.



“The staff is always so friendly, and the size of collection for such a small town is unbelievable.”

Jordie, Falls City, NE

“I feel like the library is consistently sponsoring events and programs for our youth. They surpass all expectations for a small town library."

Matt, Falls City, NE

"Falls City got pretty lucky to get such a beautiful library.”

Theresa, Auburn, NE