Dakota City Public Library

The Dakota City Public Library provides a number of services to Dakota City and Dakota County Residents. Library cards are free to all residents of Dakota County. Library cards are $10 per card for non-Dakota County residents. Our library contains over 6,000 books, audio books, DVDs, and magazines. The library circulates more than 3,000 items per year. The library has free Wi-FI and a computer lab open to the public.  As of September 2019, the Library now offers access to Nebraska OverDrive.

Library Hours

  • Monday: 1:00 PM-8:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 1:00 PM-5:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 1:00 PM-5:00 PM
  • Thursday: 1:00 PM-8:00 PM
  • Friday: 1:00 PM-5:00 PM
  • Saturday: 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

Please follow the social distancing guidelines posted in the library.

Kathy Schable

Email Me

Public Library

(402) 987-3778


The Library is staffed by two part-time librarians. Kathy Schable is the Head Librarian. She has worked at the Library since 2013 and has served as the Head Librarian since 2015. Linda Cravens has served as the Library Aide since the Summer of 2022.

The Library’s catalog can be viewed online here.

The Dakota City Public Library is a member of Nebraska OverDrive.
Follow the link to check out our digital eBooks and audiobooks!

Library check out policies are as follows:

  • Library books (including audio books) may be checked out for 2 weeks. Books are limited to 6 per person.
  • Magazines may be checked out for 1 week. Magazines are limited to 4 per person.
  • DVD movies may be check out for 2 days. DVDs are limited to 2 per person.

Overdue fees are assessed at $.05 per day for books and magazines and $1.00 per day for DVD movies.

Patrons may return materials to the Library after hours by using one of two drop boxes available. A blue drop box is located at the front of the library. A second drop box is located on the east side of the building. Both drop boxes are checked daily.

A printer is available and can be accessed from the computer lab. Printed copies are charged at $.20 per page (black and white copies only).

The Library hosts a number of activities throughout the year. Story Hour is held at 3:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month. The Library participates in the Summer Reading Program. The Library also holds monthly book club meetings. The Library also works closely with the UNL Extension Office, the Beyond the Bell Program, and Pathways Preschool. For more information about these programs, please ask one of our Librarians!

The Library has several policies available for public viewing

Thank you for choosing the Dakota City Public Library for all of your library needs. We look forward to working with you!