Library Card Policy

Gretna Public Library
Library Card Policy
Revised and approved April 2014
Gretna Library Board

This policy is established to clarify who may obtain or renew a Library Card, the types of Library cards issues, and the items potential card holders need to present upon obtaining or renewing their Library Card.

Both City of Gretna & Non-Residents need to bring the following to the Library:
Identification which includes BOTH a photo and proof of current address. (One document may be acceptable if it serves both purposes).

If an individual does not have a current ID, then they can still bring that ID, and an additional piece of business mail (utility bill, bank statement, etc.) dated within the last 30 days as proof of residency.

Non-Residents of Gretna:
Cash or a check for the annual non-resident fee of $40 per household.  At this time only cash or a check are accepted.  Checks should be made out to Gretna Public Library.

Educators, Business Owners, & Military Veterans:
Educators in the Gretna Public School System, business owners in Gretna, or Military veterans (active duty, veteran, and retirees) discharged for anything other than dishonorable, are eligible to receive a library card without needing to pay the Non-Resident fee if they live outside the Gretna City Limits.  Library cards will be issued to these individuals only at no cost.  Any additional individuals in the household would need to pay the non-resident fee to obtain a Library Card.

Here are the items that need to be presented to Library staff in order to get a Library Card:
Educators in the Gretna Public School System will need to bring a valid ID as well as a form of documentation that states they are teaching in the current school year (such as a pay stub or dated name badge).

Gretna Business owners need to bring in a valid ID and proof of their business’ location.

Military veterans (active duty, veteran, and retirees) need to bring along appropriate documentation to show their status of active duty, veteran, or retired military.  Examples of such documents include, but aren’t limited to: military ID, DD214 form, Certificate of Release, or Discharge from Active Duty.

Children Over the Age of 6
Children may get their own card, but must have a parent or legal guardian present to sign the application.  Parents must also have a current library card in order to sign up their child.

Non-Resident Fees
Our library is funded by the City of Gretna.  However, there are newer subdivisions of Gretna that are not annexed by the City.  These non-annexed areas are a part of rural Sarpy County, and taxes collected do not go to the Library.  This means that Non-Resident users must pay a yearly fee of $40 to check out items.  This fee is considered a “substitute” tax.

Individuals can go to locate your address to see whether or not they need to pay the Non-Resident fee.  Click on the details and look for the Levy Information.  If the information states “Rural Fire” and do not “Gretna City Bond,” then the Non-Resident fee will need to be paid to obtain a Library Card.  This site does take a few months to update after a new subdivision has been annexed, so when in doubt, individuals may contact a librarian for assistance.

As a reminder, this fee pays for itself after checking out just a few items.

If individuals have any further questions or complaints as to why Sarpy County does not contribute towards public libraries, they may contact the Sarpy County Commissioner Jim Warren at

Summer Reading Cards
Beginning May 1st through August 31st of the year, individuals who reside outside Gretna City Limits may apply to receive a Summer Reading Card for the reduced fee of $15 for the four month period.  Only one Summer Reading Card will be issued per family, and at the end of August, the patron may choose to extent their membership for the additional $25 that equals the $40 yearly Non-Resident fee patrons are required to pay by the County.  Only if the membership is extended may additional Library Cards be issued for individuals in the household. Acceptable forms of ID and Proof of Address will be required to obtain this card.  See below:

Acceptable Photo IDs:
(Must be valid/current except where noted and have a photo. An acceptable proof of address will also be required– see the list below.)

  • Current NE Driver’s License
  • Other US State’s Driver’s License if accompanied by local address verification (see below)
  • Expired NE Driver’s License if accompanied by current local address verification (see below)
  • Passport
  • State ID
  • Military ID

Acceptable Proof of Address:
(Must be valid/current and dated within the past 30 days.)

  • Utility bill (electric, gas, telephone, water-dated within 30 days)
  • NE Learner’s Permit
  • Vehicle registration card
  • Vehicle insurance card
  • Medical insurance card (if carries address information)
  • Lease/Rental agreement (house or apartment)
  • Property tax receipt
  • Paycheck (dated within 30 days)
  • Bank Account statement (dated within 30 days)
  • Credit Card billing statement (dated within 30 days)

Not Valid Identification: 
(Unacceptable identification includes, but is not limited to, the following:)

  • Hand-addressed/personal mail
  • Business cards
  • Sales receipts
  • Magazine subscriptions
  • Junk bulk mail
  • Social Security card
  • Birth Certificate