Can my children check out books in the summer if we will in Sarpy County but they attend Millard Public Schools?
Thanks for asking! Yes. School age children (age 6-18) living outside Douglas County are eligible for non-resident student accounts with Omaha Public Library at no cost. This service was originally developed to allow access to library material for school work, but it's also a great way to get books for summer reading. There is no restriction on the kinds of materials that can be checked out, and the cards will include access to our ebooks and online resources, but there will be a limit of 5 items checked out per card at any one time. Stop in at any of our 12 branches, bring the children, a parent or guardian with photo ID, and a current piece of business mail if the ID doesn't match the current residential address, and we'll get the kids registered with cards that will be good through August of 2015.
If your children are voracious readers and the free 5 item limit isn't quite enough, it may be worth considering a full non-resident membership. One payment per household of $25/4mos or $75/year will qualify every member of the household to set up their own card with a 40 item checkout limit and full access to our downloadable collections and online resources. It may seem like a substantial amount of money at first, but I think it can be a great value, especially if you're living in one of the 'library gaps' where no community library serves you directly.
Whichever way you decide to go, be sure to enroll in the Summer Reading Program and track everyone's reading and participation in learning opportunities at the library and around the Metro. This year we've even got the option to enroll without a library card - and the kids' reading time will count for books and audiobooks from home and elsewhere, not just Omaha Public Library items.
Sorry for the long response - but feel free to follow up with us here or at 402-444-4800 if you have any questions, and I hope we'll see you around the library soon!