Nebraska Laws Pertaining to
Libraries & Library Operations
|Chapter 51. Libraries and Museums|
|§§ 51-101-105, 107-109|
State Library; what constitutes.
The books, pamphlets, maps and charts
belonging to the state, now in the State Library, or which shall
hereafter be added to the same, shall constitute the State
Laws 1871, § 1, p. 52; R.S.1913, § 3777; C.S.1922, § 3170;
C.S.1929, § 51-101.
State Library; librarian.
Library, of which he shall be librarian.
Laws 1871, § 2, p. 52; R.S.1913, § 3778; C.S.1922, § 3171;
C.S.1929, § 51-102.
State Library; directors; powers.
The judges of the Supreme Court shall
constitute a board of directors of the State Library. They shall
have power to make such rules as they may deem proper, not
inconsistent with sections 51-101 to 51-109, for the regulation
of the library under their direction, and may prescribe penalties
for any violation thereof, which shall be collected in the same
manner as for the nonreturn or injury of any books.
Laws 1871, §§ 3, 4, p. 52; R.S.1913, § 3779; C.S.1922, § 3172;
C.S.1929, § 51-103.
Book register; entries.
The librarian shall cause to be kept a
register of all books issued and returned at the time they shall
be so issued and returned. None of the books, except the laws,
journals, and reports of this state, which may be taken from the
library, shall be detained more than ten days, and all the books
taken out by officers or members of the Legislature shall be
returned at the close of the session.
Laws 1871, § 6, p. 52; R.S.1913, § 3781; C.S.1922, § 3174;
C.S.1929, § 51-104.
Books; injury or failure to return; penalty.
If any person injures or fails to return any
book taken from the library, he shall forfeit and pay to the
librarian for the use of the library, double the value of the
book, or of the set to which it belongs, if a set is broken by
its loss, to be recovered in an action in the name of the state.
Before the Director of Administrative Services shall issue his
warrant in favor of any person authorized to take books from the
library, for the value of his services or amount of his salary,
he shall be satisfied that such person has returned all books
taken from the library, or settled for the same; otherwise he
shall deduct all accounts for the detention or injury of such
Laws 1871, § 7, p. 53; R.S.1913, § 3782; C.S.1922, § 3175;
C.S.1929, § 51-105.
It shall be the duty of the librarian to cause
each book to be labeled with a printed or stamped label
containing the words Nebraska State Library, and also to write
the same words on the thirtieth page of each volume.
Laws 1871, § 12, p. 54; R.S.1913, § 3785; C.S.1922, § 3178;
C.S.1929, § 51-107.
Books; sale, exchange, disposal; authorization.
The directors may authorize the sale,
exchange, or disposal of any surplus, damaged, defective,
obsolete, or duplicate books in the library and surplus or
obsolete books, reports, or pamphlets which are for sale or
distribution by the librarian.
Laws 1871, § 13, p. 54; R.S.1913, § 3786; C.S.1922, § 3179;
Laws 1929, c. 64, § 2, p. 241; C.S.1929, § 51-108; R.S.1943, § 51-108;
Laws 1957, c. 222, § 1, p. 764.
Books; removal; penalty.
If any person not authorized by the
regulations made by the directors shall take a book from the
library, either with or without the consent of the librarian, he
shall be guilty of a Class V misdemeanor.
Laws 1871, § 15, p. 54; R.S.1913, § 3788; C.S.1922, § 3181;
Laws 1929, c. 64, § 3, p. 241; C.S.1929, § 51-109; R.S.1943, § 51-109;
Laws 1977, LB 40, § 307.