Our Mission Statement
|The purpose of the McCook Public
Library is to meet the information needs of the citizens of the community
by providing resources to assist in their pursuit of lifelong learning,
cultural enrichment, recreation, and solutions to everyday problems
General Library Objective
|The Objective of the McCook City Library is to assemble, preserve and
administer organized collections, books, and related educational and
recreational materials. The McCook City Library will promote,
through guidance and stimulation, the communications of ideas, enlightened
citizenship, and the enrichment of personal lives.
- To serve the community as a center of reliable information.
- To support educational, civic, and cultural activities of groups and
- To provide opportunity and encouragement for children, young people,
men and women to educate themselves continuously.
- To strive continually to identify community needs, to provide
programs of service to meet such needs and to cooperate with other
organizations, agencies, and institutions which can provide programs or
services to meet community needs.
- The staff will provide guidance and assistance for patrons to obtain
information they seek.
- The staff will achieve to maintain a balance in its service to men,
women, young people and children.
- The library will initiate programs to stimulate the use of library
materials to fill the needs of people of all ages.
- The library will cooperate with civic and community agencies and
organizations to help them with program materials.
- The library will supplement, but can not perform the functions of
schools and other libraries which are designed to meet special
needs. The library will, at all opportunities, cooperate with
other libraries to strengthen the services and resources of all.
- Nondiscrimination - The McCook City Library does not discriminate on
the basis of sex, race, religion, or disability. Physically
disabled persons using the library shall be provided with all necessary
assistance in using library equipment and materials.
|Residents of the City of McCook may borrow materials from the library
free of charge, they will need a photo ID and a current piece of mail for
proof of address. Non-residents shall be charged an annual fee for the
privilege of borrowing materials from the library as may be set by
Resolution by the City Council from time to time. All library cards
must be renewed yearly.
- Patrons living outside of McCook at this time must pay a yearly fee of $10.00
- Children must be 7 years of age to have their own library card. A
parent or legal guardian must come in and complete the application card.
If a child is under the age of 7, items can be checked out on the
parent’s or legal guardian’s card. parents or legal guardians will be
held responsible for items checked out.
- Patrons 14 years of age or older will be given an adult card and
will be responsible for the items checked out with their card.
- Library services will be provided during the hours which best meet
the needs of the community. Hours will be set by McCook City
Council with recommendations from the Library Director and Library
- Individuals who display disruptive, destructive, or threatening
behavior will be cautioned or asked to leave. Law enforcement may be
called in to deal with situations that may pose a threat to library
staff and other library users.
|The McCook City Council, Library Director, Library Advisory Board and
library staff agree that no group has the right to take the law into
its own hands, and to impose its own concept of politics or morality upon
other members of a democratic society. As a responsibility of
library service, books and other library materials selected should be
chosen for values of interest, information and enlightenment of all the
people in the community. In no case should library materials be
excluded because of the race of nationality or the social, political or
religious views of the author. If anyone finds any material
offensive the Request for Reconsideration of Library Material
is available to fill out.
Books and Materials Selection
|The library will select from the mass of available materials and
organize for easy access those books and materials which best meet the
needs of the community. The library subscribes to the Freedom to
Read Statement and the Bill of Rights prepared by the American
Library Association. The responsibility for book selection rests with the
Library Director with recommendations from the Library Advisory Board,
library staff and public requests.
Weeding the Collection
- The McCook City Library supports the ALA suggestion that libraries
weed up to 3% of their collections a year, so that the collection will
be attractive, usable and accurate. Materials which no longer meet
the stated objectives of the library will discarded.
- The City Manager may authorize the Library Director to sell,
exchange, or dispose of any surplus, damaged, defective, obsolete, or
duplicate books in the library. Records shall be kept of any such
surplus damages, defective, obsolete or duplicate books so disposed of.
- All materials classified as Reference may
not be checked out of the library unless permission is given by the
- All materials are checked out for a period of three weeks.
- Patrons in good standing with the McCook City Library, that is
without fines and overdue materials, will be able to check out the
Use one of the internet computers.
5 Books (Only 2 new,2 by the same author, same subject, or same series)
5 Books on-tape or 5 CDs (if new, only 2)
5 Magazines (most current are kept in binder and not available for
2 Videos or 2 DVDs per household (must be checked out on an adult card)
Borrow items through "Inter-library" from other libraries.
- Items maybe renewed twice.
- Renewal of an item must be made before the item becomes over due. If
you cannot get to the library, call before the due date for a renewal.
(If an item has a hold on it by another patron, it cannot be renewed.)
- Holds may be put on items that have been owned by the library for at
least 3 months.
- Patrons may have holds on no more
than two items at a time.
|Fines are set by the McCook City Council with the
advice of the Library Director and the Library Advisory Board. A notice
will be sent to patrons with overdue items and/or those who have fines
due. The McCook City Library has the type of automation system which
prevents patrons from checking out materials if they have a fine or
- Fines are not calculated until the overdue item is checked in.
Fines are $.50 per item, per day for videos, DVDs, Books on tape or CD. All
other items are $.10 per item per day.
- Inter-library loans are
$1.00 per day or as assessed by the lending library.
- Patrons are fined $1.00
per item for damages. This includes but is not limited to the
replacement of Audio/Video Cases, Books or Video paper covers, missing
barcodes or spine labels due to improper care of items.
Lost or Destroyed Items
- The full amount
will be charged for lost or destroyed items. A replacement can be made
at the discretion of the library director.
- Any item checked out
for 6 months or longer and not returned will be considered and treated
- Patrons must have a
library card and be in good standing at the library to request materials
from other libraries across the United States. Items are usually
loaned for a month.
- Patrons can order 3 items
at a time.
- Patrons must pay the
return postage for each item requested.
|The library director with
the advise of the library board and library staff may
establish rules, time limitations, usage schedules, and the like for use
of the library's computer workstations.
Everyone must have a current library and free of fines to use the
library's internet computers.
Individual users are
responsible to observe relevant Federal, State and local laws including,
but not limited to, copyright, damage to equipment and software, and
- You do need to have a basic knowledge of
- You must sign in at the circulation desk and check out a
computer on your library card.
- The computers will be used on a first come, first
- Time will be allotted is 45 mins.
- When you are finished on the computer, you must check in the
computer you were using.
- In the event you damage the equipment or programs,
you will pay the cost to repair or replace the equipment or software.
- The computers shut down 15 minutes before the library
- Minors under 18 may use the computer only after the
parent/guardian signs a parental consent form . No one under the age
of 9 will be allowed on the Internet.
- Only the computer user will be at the computer
station except for adult assistance for minors.
|If you fail to comply to the above policy, you
will lose your internet privileges.
Gifts and Donations
|The library accepts
donations of books and other materials with understanding that they will
be added to the library collection only when needed and disposed of at the
discretion of the Library Director. Memorial gifts and memorial funds
specifically designated to be expended for the benefit of the library in
accordance with state law. Memorial books and other personal property will
have a plaque placed in them identifying the donor and other pertinent
|The library provides two
microfilm reader/printers. Patrons do their own searches and must pay
for the photo copies they make. Library staff will instruct patrons
on how to use the microfilm reader/printer.
|The staff at the McCook
City Library will do searches for the public at a fee of $5.00 for each
microfilm reel that is searched. Charges for photocopies are 10 cents each.
|Patrons holding a valid
library card are welcome to express their complaints by filling out and
signing the complaint form. If the patron does not fill out and sign
the form, the complaint will not be taken into consideration.
Petitions are not accepted. Each individual must complete a
In order to prevent
undue disruption of normal activities, to provide for the general welfare
of all persons using the library and to provide for the general safety of
children using the library, all children under the age of six (6) shall,
at all times, be attended and adequately supervised by a responsible
Children may be left
unattended during scheduled library programs and the responsible person
may choose to leave the building, but should plan to be at the library
when the program is scheduled to conclude. Persons responsible for
children who have special needs shall remain with their children at all
|The McCook City Library
furnishes a copy machine for the use of the patrons. The following
rules must be followed.
Patrons must use the
paper furnished by the library.
Patrons are responsible
to make their own copies.
All copies must be paid
|In the foyer of the
McCook City Library there is a large bulletin board where the public can
post meetings, announcements and things of that nature.
Patrons are not allowed
to use the library telephone except in emergency situations or for patrons
to call their families.
- The library staff will provide guidance and assistance to patrons in
obtaining information they seek.
- The staff will try to provide a balance in delivering its services
to all patrons.
- The library offers magazines, newspapers, books, large print
books, audio books, videos and DVDs.
- Automated card catalog.
- Web site (www.mccooklibrary.info), card catalog is also on the
- The library has wireless service throughout the building.
- Free public access to the internet.
- Computer assistance for youth and adults.
- Free data bases offered to us by the Nebraska Library Commission.
- Nebraska Overdrive (down loading books to your computer)
- Public access to microfilm reader and printer.
- Access to a black/white copy machine, word processor and typewriter.
- Interlibrary loans from libraries across Nebraska and the United
States. Rental of censes microfilms.
- Telesensory Machine, magnifies printed material.
- Internet and Basic Computer Classes, Tuesday night 6:00 to 7:30.
- Searches will be done on the microfilms (McCook Daily Gazette) for
persons wanting to pay a $5.00 per reel or persons may come into the
library and do the search for no charge.
- Nebraska Overdrive (downloading audio books to your computer).
- Story-hour on Wednesday mornings at the library with the "Book
lady" at 10:00 A.M. for pre-school children.
- The "Book lady" goes to day-care centers and pre-schools in McCook
and reads to the children .
- Summer reading programs for the 1st - 6th grades in June and July.
- "Home-bound" program, taking library materials out to persons who
cannot get to the library.
- "Leading to Reading", post cards are sent to families for each month
for the first five years with suggested book titles for that age group.
- 6 7 8 Club.
Library Microfilm Collections:
- McCook Tribune (weekly newspaper)
- June 8, 1882 - May 21, 1914
- May 22, 1916 - September 27, 1926
- May 2, 1932 – June 18, 1936
- McCook Daily Gazette
- McCook Daily Gazette Centennial Edition
- February 5, 1982 – May 28, 1982
- Red Willow County Gazette
- July 6, 1911 – July 1914
- April 23, 1917 – June 29, 1925
- McCook Gazette Rancher Farmer (weekly)
- February 16, 1954 – January 22, 1958