how do I sign up for an educator account?
Thanks for asking! I'll copy in a more complete rundown of the procedures, but long story short: Get a letter from your principal on school letterhead giving permission to create an account for your classroom (school/grade level.) Bring the letter and a photo ID to any of our twelve libraries. We'll get you set up with library privileges right away but actually mail the physical card to the school along with a letter explaining the rules and mechanics of using the card.
Business Accounts (also used for School/Teacher Accounts)
When a business account is created, the library card is not given directly to the applicant. Check-out privileges will be granted at the time the card is issued. However, the library card, the registration form, and the letter from the business requesting the account are sent to the Circulation Manager. The Circulation Manager will then mail the library card to the business along with a letter describing the business’s responsibilities in regard to the account.
Business library cards can be issued to any business in Douglas County. School buildings which are located in Sarpy County but are also part of the Millard School District or the Omaha Public School District are also eligible for free business accounts. A registration form must be completed and we must receive a written request from the business owner or person of authority (principal of a school, manager of a department, etc.) on business letterhead.
If the applicant is a teacher, he/she will need a letter from the principal of the school requesting an account for a particular class (not under the teacher’s name). (sample letter follows) Photo ID is required from the person(s) applying for the card.
Individual business cards can be issued to separate departments within a business or separate classrooms within a school.
Types of materials checked out are not limited on a business card.
Number of items allowed to be checked out on a business card is the same as a resident – 40 items.
For businesses whose primary business is the education and/or care of children in 8th grade or below, the card will receive the same protection from day-to-day overdue fines on children’s materials that young children receive. However, fines will be charged on young adult and adult materials, and any item that rolls to lost (60 days overdue) will be billed for its replacement cost.
S A M P L E L E T T E R (for business account requests)
(including name/address/telephone number)
Omaha Public Library
215 S. 15 St.
Omaha, NE 68102
Dear Omaha Public Library:
(NAME OF BUSINESS) would like to request a library account be issued under the name of (NAME OF BUSINESS, DEPARTMENT OR CLASS).
The following individuals will be allowed use of this library account, either by presenting the library card or by presenting photo identification: (LIST NAMES/TITLES) - OR - Any person presenting the library card may use the account.
I understand that (NAME OF BUSINESS) is responsible for safeguarding the library card and for reporting a lost or stolen card immediately to prevent unauthorized use.
I understand that (NAME OF BUSINESS) is responsible for any fines or fees on the account, for changing authorized names on the account if necessary, and for cancelling the library account if no longer desired.
With all the formal language out of the way, I hope we'll see you soon! Please consider taking advantage of some of our tools for teachers like our youth book club kits and reading guides, ebooks and interactive picture books. Feel free to call 402-444-4800 with questions!