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Textbook Loan Program (Rule 4)

State Statute Section 79-734 provides for an appropriation for monies for the purchase of textbooks for loan to students attending private approved or accredited schools.  Rule 4 ("Regulations for Textbook Loans to Children Enrolled in Private Schools in Nebraska") is the applicable rule for the textbook loan process and the disbursement of the monies.

  • Rule 4 (effective January 19, 2008) (pdf format)

2014/15 Appropriation

The total 2014/15 appropriation (for the purchase of textbooks for loan during the 2015/16 school year) is $590,233. These funds are specifically earmarked for textbook purchases and program administration by the public school district to loan the purchased books to students attending approved or accredited private schools.

Documents (pdf format)


School district’s policies and procedures should align with the provisions of Rule 4 and Section 79-734 R.R.S. 

Rule 4 appendices cannot be altered or revised in any manner.  The individual appendices can be accessed from the links above.

The books purchased under this program must be kept under separate inventory, and reissued annually at the request of parents of children attending approved or accredited non-public schools (Rule 4, Section 004.07 and Appendix A).

An “Application for Loan of Textbooks” (Appendix A) must be completed annually by parents of children who wish to borrow textbooks from the public school district (not by the private school officials or employees).  These applications are due annually to the public school district by January 15 for the following school year (Rule 4, Section 003 and Appendix A).

The following are not to be considered textbooks under the Rule 4 program:  library books, teacher’s editions, workbooks and other consumable materials, and any book or material designated for classroom, and not individual use (e.g. “Big Books” and the like) (Rule 4, Section 002.03).

There is a limit to the number of textbooks to be loaned per student (Rule 4, Section 003.03 and Appendix A).  School districts will need to ensure that any textbook that comes in sets, volumes, or levels complies with the definition of textbook (Rule 4, Section 002.03) and does not exceed the per student limit. [See Question 6 of the Frequently Asked Questions document for further information.]

Completion of the Appendix C (Application for Distribution of Funds) is contingent on the Appendix A’s (Application for Loan of Textbooks) submitted to the public school district by January 15.

Carryover of any unspent funds remaining after textbooks are ordered and received must be noted on Line 9 of next year's Application C.  An explanation for the carryover must be attached to the application (Rule 4, Section 004.04E and Appendix C).

Separate accounting must be maintained for receipts and expenditures associated with the program. 

Program Contact
  • Beth Bolte: (402) 471-2795 or

Updated on 10/01/2014