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State Aid to Public Libraries

The Nebraska Library Commission annually provides direct state aid payments to eligible public libraries. This money augments local support for library services and has been used by local public libraries for a variety of activities -- to boost their print and non-print materials, increase access to electronic information resources, and develop programming for young people, for example.

Eligibility requirements:

  1. Library is accredited;
  2. Public Library Statistical Report data submitted online using Bibliostat™ Collect;
  3. The library's local income reported must meet the maintenance of effort requirement.

    The maintenance-of-effort requirement states that the local income support for the library is at least equal to the lowest annual local income from the three previous years. Local income includes tax-generated funds from local funding sources. If funds received by library foundations and Friends of the Library groups are deposited in the library funds and disbursed by the treasurer of the municipality or county (see Nebraska Statutes 51-209), those funds may be included in the library's local income.

Waiver of Maintenance of Effort Requirement:
A Waiver allows local government officials to certify that the library budget sustained no greater reduction than the overall budget of the local government unit. An example of a letter requesting a waiver can be downloaded here.

State Aid Payments

Please note: The allocation amounts for state aid to public libraries are subject to change, and are dependent upon state budget appropriations.

In January 2007, the Library Commissioners approved an incentive payment to acknowledge the achievement of enhanced and excellent accreditation status. Each level has increased expectations of local libraries in terms of funding, hours open, and programs and services offered. The incentive State Aid payments for Enhanced and Excellent accredited libraries for 2014 are as follows:

  • Excellent Accreditation -- Incentive state aid payment of $400.
  • Enhanced Accreditation -- Incentive state aid payment of $200.
For additional information, contact Sam Shaw, Planning and Data Services Coordinator at 402-471-3216 or 800-307-2665.

State Aid Award letters are mailed to eligible libraries each spring, indicating the amount of the state aid for that fiscal year. Use this News Release template to announce your state aid award to your community.

Read about the impact of county funding on state aid amounts received by public libraries.

The following formula** is used for state aid distribution:

--------Service Population*-------- --------Amount--------
0-7,999 $565 + $0.10 per capita
8,000 and Above $0.1656 per capita
Incentive aid for libraries that receive additional tax-based funding from a public entity 1% of the amount of additional funding

*For purposes of state aid payments, service population is that of the main funding sources and is based on the official 2010 U.S. Census .

  • 2014 State Aid to Public Libraries in Nebraska
  • State Aid and County Funding

  • State Aid from Previous years:
  • Page last updated 6.03.2014

    For more information, contact Sam Shaw.