Library Card

As of April 5, 2021 the Library is open to the public. Library staff is stationed in the south lobby to assist you with obtaining a new Library card or renewing your old card. You can also renew your Library card by calling the Library 402-873-5609.
How to Get a Library Card

Library cards are free for Nebraska City residents with proof of address. Patrons who live outside of the Nebraska City limits can get a library card for $20 a year per household and out-of-state residents may get a library card for $25 a year per household.

To apply for a library card you will need a photo ID and one document that verifies your current address. Documents accepted to verify your address are:

  • state ID
  • driver’s license
  • checking account
  • rental agreement
  • utility bill
  • vehicle registration.

You will be asked for a current telephone number and preferred method of notification, such as e-mail, text messaging or phone call. Finally, you will have your picture taken for your account.

If an applicant is under the age of 16, a parent or guardian must sign a statement of responsibility.

New library cards will be mailed to the address provided. The first time the library card is used there is a limit of 2 items per family member. Once you receive your library card in the mail you may check out as many items as you like. The only limit is 7 DVD’s per cardholder.

The cardholder is responsible for all materials checked out.

Library materials that are lost or destroyed should be reported to a librarian as soon as possible.

Returning Materials

The library has a drive up materials return with a slot for printed materials and a slot for audiovisual materials. Some of the Library’s materials such as educational games, puzzles, and a few books and audiovisual materials are too large for either return and must be returned to a circulation desk.

Both return boxes are open 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

All materials returned after 4:30 p.m. will be checked in on the next business day.

Renewing Materials

The Library has an automatic renewal feature that renews eligible material on the afternoon of the day that it is due. Materials that are not on reserve may be renewed once. You may renew eligible items early by calling the library at 402-874-5609 during regular library hours. Please have your library card number available and the title of the items to be renewed. You may also renew items online in your library account through the library website:

Click here to log in to your account. In the upper right hand corner, sign in using your library card number and your phone number including area code.

Items with a two week checkout and one renewal:
  • Books
  • CDs
  • Telescopes
Items with a one week checkout and one renewal:
  • DVDs
  • Magazines
  • Educational games
  • Puzzles
Library Collection

The Morton-James Public Library collection includes over 60,678 items including:

  • Adult Fiction & Nonfiction Books
  • Adult and Children DVD’s
  • Books on CD
  • Paperbacks
  • Biographies
  • Magazines
  • Weekly Newspapers
  • Teen and Young Adult Books
  • Graphic Novels
  • Large Print Books
  • Spanish Language Fiction and Non-Fiction
  • Children’s Fiction and Nonfiction
  • Children’s Puzzles and Educational Kits
  • 2 telescopes