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"Boycott! The Art of Economic Activism," a traveling poster exhibition highlighting historical boycott movements from the 1950s to the present, will be on Display August 20 - September 20 at University of Nebraska at Omaha Criss Library's Osborne Family Gallery.

   

The University of Nebraska at Omaha yearbook or annual went by several names, beginning as the Gateway in 1915 and then becoming the Omahan, Tomahawk, and Breakaway before ending as the Maverick in 1973-1975. Through the yearbooks themselves, the exhibit highlights the university’s response to World War II; images of the growing and changing campus, especially Arts & Sciences Hall; and changes in the content and appearance of the yearbook. The exhibit in Archives & Special Collections marks 100 years since the publication of the university's first yearbook and the free online access to UNO’s yearbook first available in 2015 from Criss Library.

The current exhibit in Archives and Special Collections has a display of Afghan Art dating from the 1st century B.C.E. to the present. Items on display reveal information on Greco-Bactrian art, contemporary art, popular art, and miniature paintings by Bihzad, a famous Afghan painter from late 15th and early 16th centuries. Also included in the display are handmade pottery works from Afghanistan, produced in Istalif, a small town north of Kabul during the mid-twentieth century.

   

The newest exhibit in Archives & Special Collections at Criss Library gives visitors a glimpse into the life of Chuck Hagel on the campaign trail in Nebraska in 1996 and 2002. When Hagel decided to run for U.S. Senate in 1996 he was virtually unknown to most Nebraskans. As such, Hagel needed to reach out to communities across the state if he intended to win the election. One way Hagel gained support was through local parades and events. This approach helped Hagel win the election and maintain his seat when he ran again in 2002. The photos on display provide a look into the many events, parades, and other local activities that Hagel, his family, his campaign staff, and his volunteers participated in across Nebraska to garner support for Hagel in his two runs for public office.

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Criss Library Fine Policy: Renewals, Returns, Fines

Can I renew my books?

  • Two renewals are allowed if no holds or recalls have been placed on the item.
  • To renew books online, go to the Library catalog and select "My Account". Enter your name and the barcode from your id to access your library account and renew items.
  • Overdue items may not be renewed online.
  • No renewals are allowed on Reserve items

Where do I return my books or Reserve/Media items?

  • Books and media items to the Main Service Desk or to the outside book drop located near the main entrance to the Library.
  • Reserve items, media equipment and Kindles must be returned to the Main Service Desk.

How much are fines for late returns?

Books and Government Documents:

  • $5 per item
  • At 28 days overdue, an additional $5 billing fee and replacement cost will be assessed for each item and added to your Library account.

Group/Single Study Room Keys, Remote Controls, computer peripherals (mice, headphones, etc.):

  • $1 per hour or portion of an hour, to a maximum of $5 per item.
  • At 5 days overdue, an additional $5 billing fee and replacement cost will be assessed on each item and added to your Library account.

Graduate Carrel Keys:

  • $5 per item.
  • At 28 days overdue, the replacement cost of $69 per item will be added to your Library account.

Laptops:

  • $5 per item.
  • At 5 days overdue, an additional $5 billing fee and the replacement cost of $1,800 for PC or $2,200 for Mac will be added to your Library account.

Media items (CDs, DVDs, videos and Playaways):

  • $5 per item.
  • At 21 days overdue, an additional $5 billing fee and replacement cost will be assessed on each item and added to your Library account.

Media Equipment (Camcorders, Camcorder Accessories, Digital Cameras, Digital Audio Recorders, tripods):

  • $5 per day.
  • At 5 days overdue, an additional $10 billing fee and replacement cost will be assessed on each item and added to your Library account.

Kindles:

  • $5 per day
  • At 5 days overdue, the replacement cost of $400 will be added to your Library account.

Reserve items (2 or 4 hour checkout):

  • $1 per hour, or portion of an hour, to a maximum of $5 per item.
  • At 10 days overdue, an additional $5 billing fee and replacement cost will be assessed on each item and added to your Library account.

Reserve items (1, 3 or 7 day checkout):

  • $5 per item.
  • At 21 days overdue, an additional $5 billing fee and replacement cost will be assessed on each item and added to your Library account.

Damaged items: Any item returned with damage will be assessed a fee.

Recalled items: A $4 recall fine, in addition to any other charges, is assessed if the item is not returned by the due date on the Recall notice.

All Library items:

If an item is overdue 6 months or more, the patron must reimburse the library for the cost of the item plus any fines and billing fees, even if the patron is able to return the item, as the item has been considered permanently lost and has been removed from the collection and/or reordered.

Do you notify me if my items are overdue?

As a courtesy the library sends out an electronic notification when an item is 7 days overdue and 14 days overdue. After an item is 28 days overdue, you will be mailed a bill for the replacement cost and processing fee. Failure to receive electronic notification does not excuse a patron from fines.

Will I still owe a fine if I return a billed or fined item?

Yes. When a billed item is returned, fines and billing fees, which will not exceed $15 per item, must be paid before Library privileges can be restored or registration holds can be lifted.

What if I pay for a lost item and then find it?

Generally, the library orders and replaces lost items within 30 days after they have been declared lost on a library user’s account.  You are eligible for a refund if you have returned the lost item within 30 days of the replacement billing date and the item has not been damaged.  After this time period, or if the item is determined to be damaged, you are not eligible for a refund.