Public Services

Public Services

The Gering Public Library has a collection of over 30,000 printed books including large print, 1300 audiobooks, 1400 videos, and 26 cake pans.

Book Discussion Group

Book Discussion Group
Book Discussion Group

The Gering Public Library sponsors the Food for Thought book discussion group, where readers can come together and talk about books and express their opinions.  The group meets on the fourth Thursday, except in November and December, at 1:30 p.m in the community room. Copies of the books may be reserved by calling the library at 436-7433.

Upcoming Book Discussion dates 

February 27 Where the Crawdads Sing By Delia Owens

March 26 Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind by Ann B. Ross

April 23 The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

May 28 The Book of Polly by Kathy Hepinstall

June 25 All the Gallant Men by Donald Sutherland

July 23 Have You Seen Luis Velez? by Cahterine Ryan Hyde

August 27 The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollen

September 24 Life in a Jar by Jack Mayer

October 22 I'm Down by Mishna Wolff & This One Summer by Marikno Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki

November 19 If You Lived Here You'd Be Home By Now by Christopher Ingraham

December 17 The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

January 28, 2020 The Tilted World by Tom Franklin

February 25, 2020 Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

 

Community Room

Community Room
Community Room

The Community Room features a kitchenette, VHS/DVD player, TV, tables and chairs, and can seat up to 75 people. Currently, due to public health regulations, only groups of eight or fewer are allowed.

Public Access Computers & ADA Workstation

Public Access Computers & ADA Workstation
Public Access Computers & ADA Workstation

Gering Public Library offers free internet and wifi as well as eight unfiltered and ten filtered public access computers.  Eight of the computers are laptops and are set up only when other desktop computers are in use.  Microsoft Office and a variety of programs are available in addition to Internet access.  A shared-use printer is available.  Black and white copies are fifteen cents each, color copies are fifty cents. 

The ADA workstation comes with a speech recognition program (Dragon Nautrally Speaking), a screen reading program (Jaws), and screen magnification and reader software (ZoomText and Kurzweil 1000).  A scanner is also available on the ADA workstation.  There is no charge for scanning documents.

Downloadable Audio and Ebooks

Downloadable Audio and Ebooks
Downloadable Audio and Ebooks

Currently 167 libraries participate in the Nebraska OverDrive Libraries Group, including your Gering Public Library. As of today the shared collection contains approximately 16,000 free eBook titles and 8,000 free audio book titles with more titles added weekly. Look on the "Useful Links" tab for the link to access Overdrive from home.

Internet and WiFi

Internet and WiFi
Internet and WiFi

Our public access computers have Internet available on them and do not require a library card to use them. Users may log on to a computer twice a day.  Computers will not be reserved and will be avilable on a first come first served basis.  To use a public computer, ask a staff member at the desk for a PIN number and they will give you a ticket to access an available computer.  

One computer is setup for 20 minutes only with no additional time.  The other computers are setup for 60 minutes with additional time if one, other than the 20 minute computer, is available in the designated areas.  Computers in the teen and children's area are filtered.  You must be 17 years old to use the unfiltered computers.  Users who wish to save their work should do so on a personal storage device before the end of their allotted time.  Notify the staff if you are working on something that is time sensitive before you begin your computer session so that they can make sure you're able to finish.

Users with their own wireless enabled devices can access internet via a wireless access point provided by the library. The Wifi name will have GPL in it and there is no password. The access is not secure and no printer is provided to wireless users.

InterLibrary Loan

InterLibrary Loan
InterLibrary Loan

If we do not have the materials you are searching for, we may be able to borrow from another library through interlibrary loan. Items are generally checked out for 3 weeks, but may vary depending on the lending library.  A fee of $3.50 per item is charged to help cover the cost of postage and shipping. Delivery time is within 7 to 10 days for most items. 

Homebound Delivery

Homebound Delivery
Homebound Delivery

Gering residents may request home services if they are unable to visit the library due to advance age, temporary (lasting longer than 60 days) or permanent illness or disabiltiy, and have no one who can visit the library on their behalf.  

Before your first delivery a library staff member will contact you and schedule a home or phone interview to discuss reading, viewing, and listening interests. This will help us to select materials you might enjoy.  A volunteer or staff member will bring materials to your home every two weeks and pick up the materials that are due.  You do not accrue overdue fines but are responsible for lost or damaged materials.

Faxes

Faxes
Faxes

You can send and receive faxes at the Gering Public Library.  The fee is $1.00  per page.  The library will provide you with a cover page.  Our fax number is (308) 436-6869.