Why can't I get a library card for free as a resident of the State of Nebraska so I can check out an eBook?
I can understand your disappointment. Here's a short explanation. Some states choose to use state taxes to strongly support public libraries. In Nebraska public libraries receive the vast majority of their funding locally. As a result, almost all public libraries in Nebraska charge a non-resident fee. Omaha Public Library has taken some pains to make its fee equitable and fair. And if you do choose to pay the fee and use the library consistently, you will save an awful lot of money! Again, we understand--it seems unfair when you don't live in the "right" place; at the same time the library doesn't have the resources to loan items to people outside its service area without the fee. I hope this explanation helps.