Nebraska Laws Pertaining to
Libraries & Library Operations
|Chapter 51. Libraries and Museums|
| §§ 51-401-403, 403.03, 404-408, 410, 410.01, 411-418|
Nebraska Library Commission; members; term.
A Nebraska Library Commission is hereby
established composed of six members to be appointed by the
Governor, one to serve one year, one for two years, one for three
years, one for four years, and one for five years, and thereafter
the Governor shall appoint a new member annually to serve for a
term of three years and no person shall be appointed to more than
two successive terms. The new member provided for by this
section shall be appointed for an initial term of three years.
The term of one of the three members whose term expires in 1981
shall expire in 1980. That member shall be selected by lot.
Laws 1935, c. 115, § 1, p. 370; C.S.Supp.,1941, § 51-501;
R.S.1943, § 51-401; Laws 1972, LB 1033, § 4; Laws 1979, LB 352, § 1.
Nebraska Library Commission; expenses; payment.
The members of the Nebraska Library Commission
shall serve without pay. They shall receive remuneration for
traveling and actual expenses incurred while engaged in the
business of the commission as provided in sections 81-1174 to
81-1177 for state employees. These expenses shall be paid out of
the funds of the Nebraska Library Commission.
Laws 1935, c. 115, § 2, p. 370; C.S.Supp.,1941, § 51-502;
R.S.1943, § 51-402; Laws 1972, LB 1033, § 5; Laws 1981, LB 204, § 93.
Nebraska Library Commission; powers and duties; director;
The powers and duties of the Nebraska Library
Commission shall be (1) to make rules and regulations not
inconsistent with law for its government and operations, (2) to
appoint a director, at a salary to be fixed by the commission,
who shall be a technically trained, qualified, and experienced
librarian, a graduate of an American Library Association
accredited library school, to administer the work of the
commission as hereinafter specified, (3) to authorize the
director to employ such assistance as may be necessary to
properly carry out the requirements of sections 51-401 to 51-410,
(4) to be responsible for the statewide promotion, development,
and coordination of library programs and services in accordance
with nationally acceptable library standards, (5) to receive, as
the legally designated state governmental agency, federal library
funds which by federal law are to be dispersed within the state
by a prescribed formula, (6) to accept and administer any gifts,
bequests, and legacies which, in the opinion of the director and
the commission, may be of value to it, and (7) to make a biennial
report for the past two fiscal years to the Governor of its
activities and the progress of its work on or before December 15
in each even-numbered year.
Laws 1935, c. 115, § 3, p. 370; Laws 1937, c. 124, § 1, p. 435;
C.S.Supp.,1941, § 51-503; R.S.1943, § 51-403;
Laws 1945, c. 238, § 21, p. 713; Laws 1951, c. 311, § 3, p. 1066;
Laws 1951, c. 171, § 1, p. 659; Laws 1953, c. 178, § 1, p. 562;
Laws 1955, c. 231, § 10, p. 721; Laws 1961, c. 256, § 1, p. 750;
Laws 1965, c. 315, § 1, p. 878; Laws 1972, LB 1033, § 6;
Laws 1983, LB 369, § 3.
Nebraska Library Commission; director; salary increase; when
Section 51-403 shall be so interpreted as
to effectuate its general purpose, to provide, in the public
interest, adequate compensation as therein provided for the
director of the Nebraska Library Commission; and to permit a
change of such salary as soon as same may become operative under
the Constitution of the State of Nebraska.
Laws 1965, c. 315, § 2, p. 879; Laws 1972, LB 1033, § 7.
It shall be the duty of the director of the
commission (1) to administer the work and activities of the
commission, (2) to purchase books, periodicals, other library
materials, and all necessary equipment and supplies for the
commission, (3) to keep a catalog of all books, periodicals and
other library materials belonging to the commission, (4) to keep
a record of all books and property added to the library of the
commission, and the cost thereof, (5) to keep a record of all
books, periodicals and other library materials loaned by the
commission and notify the borrowers of the expiration period of
the loan, and (6) to keep fiscal and other operational records in
accordance with state regulations.
Laws 1935, c. 115, § 4, p. 371; C.S.Supp.,1941, § 51-504;
R.S.1943, § 51-404; Laws 1972, LB 1033, § 8.
Local libraries, agencies, or organizations; entitled to
Any library, governmental agency, or any body
of citizens or taxpayers organized for library purposes shall,
upon complying with the rules prescribed by the Nebraska Library
Commission, be entitled to the commission's services.
Laws 1935, c. 115, § 5, p. 371; C.S.Supp.,1941, § 51-505;
R.S.1943, § 51-405; Laws 1972, LB 1033, § 9.
Books; loans to libraries.
Any books, collection of books or other
property of the Nebraska Library Commission may be loaned to any
library, under such rules for the safekeeping, preservation,
care, handling and management of the same as may be fixed by the
Nebraska Library Commission.
Laws 1935, c. 115, § 6, p. 371; C.S.Supp.,1941, § 51-506;
R.S.1943, § 51-406; Laws 1972, LB 1033, § 10.
Nebraska Library Commission; reports from all libraries required.
The director shall each year obtain from all
libraries in the state reports showing the conditions, growth,
development and manner of conducting such libraries, together
with such other facts and statistics regarding the same as may be
deemed of public interest by the Nebraska Library Commission.
Laws 1935, c. 115, § 7, p. 371; C.S.Supp.,1941, § 51-507;
R.S.1943, § 51-407; Laws 1972, LB 1033, § 11.
Nebraska Library Commission; assistance to local libraries.
The director shall when asked give advice and
instruction to all libraries or individuals and to all
communities which may propose to establish libraries as to the
best means for establishing, organizing and administering such
libraries, selecting and cataloging books, and other duties of
library management. The director shall, so far as possible,
promote and assist by counsel and encouragement the formation of
libraries where none exist, and the director may send one of his
employees or assistants to aid in organizing new libraries or
improving those already established.
Laws 1935, c. 115, § 8, p. 371; C.S.Supp.,1941, § 51-508;
R.S.1943, § 51-408; Laws 1972, LB 1033, § 12.
Nebraska Library Commission; disbursements; power of director.
The director may from time to time as needed
draw a voucher signed by himself in favor of any party to whom
money is due, stating in such voucher what the money is to be
used for. Upon presentation of such order the Director of
Administrative Services shall draw his warrant upon the State
Treasurer for the amount thereof, not exceeding the amount of the
appropriation for the purposes of the Nebraska Library
Laws 1935, c. 115, § 10, p. 372; C.S.Supp.,1941, § 51-510;
R.S.1943, § 51-410; Laws 1972, LB 1033, § 14.
Nebraska Library Commission Cash Fund; created; how funded.
There is hereby created a fund to be known
as the Nebraska Library Commission Cash Fund, from which shall be
appropriated such amounts as are available and as shall be
considered incident to the administration of the Nebraska Library
Commission. All funds received by the Nebraska Library
Commission for services rendered shall be paid into the state
treasury and the State Treasurer shall credit the money to the
Nebraska Library Commission Cash Fund.
Laws 1975, LB 550, § 1.
As used in sections 51-411 to 51-418, unless
the context otherwise requires:
- Print shall include all forms of printing and
duplicating, regardless of format or purpose, with the exception
of correspondence and interoffice memoranda;
- State publications shall include any multiply
produced publications printed or purchased for distribution by
the state, the Legislature, constitutional officers, any state
department or committee, or any other state agency supported
wholly or in part by state funds;
- State agency shall include every state office,
officer, department, division, bureau, board, commission, and
agency of the state and, when applicable, all subdivisions of
each, including state institutions of higher education defined as
all state-supported colleges and universities; and
- Governmental publications shall include any
publications of associations, regional organizations,
intergovernmental bodies, federal agencies, boards, and
commissions, or other publishers that may contribute
supplementary materials to support the work of the state
Legislature and state agencies.
Laws 1972, LB 1284, § 1; Laws 1988, LB 802, § 3.
Nebraska Publications Clearinghouse; created; duties; rules and
There is hereby created, as a division of the
Nebraska Library Commission, a Nebraska Publications
Clearinghouse. The clearinghouse shall establish and operate a
publications collection and depository system for the use of
Nebraska citizens. To this end, the Nebraska Library Commission
shall adopt and promulgate such rules and regulations as shall be
necessary to carry out sections 51-411 to 51-418.
Laws 1972, LB 1284, § 2; Laws 1988, LB 802, § 4.
State agencies; publications; filing with Nebraska Publications
Every state agency head or his or her
appointed records officer shall notify the Nebraska Publications
Clearinghouse of his or her identity. The records officer shall
upon release of a state publication deposit four copies and a
short summary, including author, title, and subject, of each of
its state publications with the Nebraska Publications
Clearinghouse for record purposes. One of these copies shall be
forwarded by the clearinghouse to the Nebraska State Historical
Society for archival purposes and one to the Library of Congress.
Additional copies, including sale items, shall also be deposited
in the Nebraska Publications Clearinghouse in quantities
certified to the agencies by the clearinghouse as required to
meet the needs of the Nebraska publications depository system,
with the exception that the University of Nebraska Press shall
only be required to deposit four copies of its publications.
Laws 1972, LB 1284, § 3; Laws 1979, LB 322, § 80; Laws 1989, LB 18, § 4.
Depository contracts; standards; establish.
The Nebraska Publications Clearinghouse may
enter into depository contracts with any municipal or county
public library, state college or state university library, and
out-of-state research libraries. The requirements for
eligibility to contract as a depository library shall be
established by the Nebraska Publications Clearinghouse. The
standards shall include and take into consideration the type of
library, ability to preserve such publications and to make them
available for public use, and also such geographical locations as
will make the publications conveniently accessible to residents
in all areas of the state.
Laws 1972, LB 1284, § 4; Laws 1997, LB 250, § 23.
Official list of publications; publish; contents.
The Nebraska Publications Clearinghouse shall
publish and distribute regularly to contracting depository
libraries, other libraries, state agencies and legislators, an
official list of state publications with an annual cumulation.
The official list shall provide a record of each agency's
publishing and show author, agency, title and subject approaches.
Laws 1972, LB 1284, § 5.
Current state publications; furnish.
Upon request by the Nebraska Publications
Clearinghouse, records officers of state agencies shall furnish
the clearinghouse with a complete list of their current state
Laws 1972, LB 1284, § 6.
Distribution of state publications; restriction.
The Nebraska Publications Clearinghouse shall
not engage in general public distribution of either state
publications or lists of publications. Sections 51-411 to 51-418
shall not affect the distribution of state publications
distributed by state agencies, except that the agencies shall
deposit in the Nebraska Publications Clearinghouse the number of
copies of each of their state publications certified by the
Laws 1972, LB 1284, § 7; Laws 1988, LB 802, § 5.
Interlibrary loan service; provide.
The Nebraska Publications Clearinghouse shall
provide access to local, state, federal and other governmental
publications to state agencies and legislators and through
interlibrary loan service to citizens of the state.
Laws 1972, LB 1284, § 8.