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About NebraskAccess

NebraskAccess provides Nebraska residents with free 24/7 access to premium content consisting of thousands of full-text magazine, journal, and newspaper articles, biographical and business information, genealogical resources, and more. These resources are available at no cost to Nebraska residents because the Nebraska Library Commission purchases subscriptions for Nebraskans with funding from the State of Nebraska and the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.

NebraskAccess also offers ALL site visitors access to a directory of topically-arranged websites evaluated and compiled by Nebraska Library Commission reference librarians, as well as links to full-text Nebraska state government publications and digitized Nebraska historical resources.

Funding

NebraskAccess, formerly known as the Nebraska Statewide Database Program, began in 1998 with a $400,000 state appropriation. Since then the Nebraska Library Commission has purchased annual statewide access, on behalf of Nebraska libraries and residents, to Books in Print with Reviews, eLibrary (not available in schools), Fiction Connection, OCLC FirstSearch, HeritageQuest Online, and HW Wilson OmniFile Full Text and Biographies Plus Illustrated.

The Nebraska Library Commission's cost for licensing these resources for the 2008-2009 year is $479,421. If all the libraries registered for the NebraskAccess program purchased the same database resources on their own, the costs to the libraries would total about $20,000,000.

Access

The only NebraskAccess resources that are not freely available to all site visitors are the purchased databases. Purchased databases are available at no-cost to patrons of Nebraska public and academic libraries, as well as students in schools throughout Nebraska. See a list of registered libraries and schools at: http://nebraskaccess.ne.gov/participatinglibs.asp.

Nebraska residents can also access the purchased databases from home or work using their Nebraska Driver's License or State Identification numbers. Driver's license and state ID numbers will only be used to prove Nebraska residency, in compliance with the license agreements governing database use, not to personally identify residents using NebraskAccess. The number you use to login to NebraskAccess will not be captured or stored on Nebraska Library Commission servers.

Nebraska residents who do not have a driver’s license or state ID card should visit their local library and ask for a NebraskAccess password.

For access to eLibrary, a NebraskAccess password from a public or academic library is required.

Related Resources

NebraskAccess links ALL site visitors to these valuable related resources:

Nebraska State Documents: Thousands of online Nebraska state government documents, mostly in .pdf format, can be accessed via the Electronic State Documents Program. Highlights of this program include State Publications Online which brings together links to online publications housed on a variety of state agency websites, and Nebraska Public Documents, a searchable database of historical Nebraska government reports spanning the late 19th and early 20th centuries, hosted by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Love Library. The Library Commission Online Catalog also includes records for state publications available for loan.

Nebraska Memories: Nebraska Memories is a cooperative project to digitize Nebraska-related historical and cultural heritage materials and make them available to researchers of all ages via the Internet. Since 2004, twenty plus participants have contributed over 5,500 images of photographs, negatives, postcards, documents, and memorabilia. The Nebraska Library Commission helps libraries, museums and historical societies to scan items and create metadata records. Nebraska Memories is funded in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services as well as state funding through the Nebraska Library Commission.

Nebraska Library Commission

The Nebraska Library Commission's mission is statewide promotion, development, and coordination of library and information services. As the state library agency, the Commission advocates for the library and information service needs of all Nebraskans. Visit the Nebraska Library Commission website for more information.