Checkouts & Renewals

How do I renew?

You may renew your items online, in person, by phone (402) 461-2346 or by text (402) 969-6244. Most items may be renewed for two additional checkout periods if no one else has reserved them. 

To renew items online, access your account through the Catalog link, log in and then choose the "My Account" button in the upper right, then select the "Items Out/Renewals" tab. Click the "Renew" button for each item you want to renew.

How do I renew books borrowed from other libraries?

Please call the library (402) 461-2346 or text us (402) 969-6244 to request a renewal.  

How many items can I checkout and how long can I keep them?

(There is no limit on total number of items.) 

  • Books and audiobooks – 3 weeks
  • 10 limit total DVDs – Single title DVDs  - 1 week, 5 limit for TV series – 3 weeks
  • 5 limit Magazines – 1 week
  • Kindles – 3 weeks

The library also subscribes to numerous newspapers that may be read in-house, such as the Hastings Tribune, Omaha World Herald, Wall Street Journal and more.

What are the fines for overdue or lost books?

The library became fine free in 2022. Patrons will be responsible for lost (long overdue) or damaged items and collection fees incurred. The fee for damaged or lost items is based upon the item. The full replacement cost is required for lost or damaged items. Failure to receive notices does not excuse overdue or lost items..

Can I still check out with fines on my account?

Library members may continue to check items out until fines or charges exceed $10.00.

What happens if I don’t pay my fines?

Hastings Public Library partners with the collection agency Unique Management Services, Inc. to collect outstanding fines and fees and to recover lost materials. Library accounts are sent to the collection agency when materials are 90 days overdue or the cost of replacing the overdue materials plus any outstanding fines for the material totals $25.00 or more.