Can I buy a book I checked out?
Thanks for asking! I'm going to have to give a philosophical answer and a practical answer to this one, so bear with me.
Generally speaking, the library is not a bookstore. We work on the principle that many folks can share and enjoy a few copies of our books. So even if you've really fallen in love with a book, if it can still be used and enjoyed by others, we ask that you return it so it can continue to move through the library and provide value to all of us. You can always continue to request and borrow the same book, of course! This helps us know that folks are interested in the book and the topic, and can help to get more books like it into our collection.
Now, that said, if anything has happened to the book that would mean it can no longer be used as a library book, it's totally OK to pay for it. If the book is lost, has been damaged by water, coffee, or a pet, you can visit any library and let our staff know that something has happened and you want to pay for the replacement cost of the book. Once you have done so, the book is yours to keep.
Thanks again for asking! Please feel free to call 402-444-4800 or ask at your neighborhood library if you have any questions.