- We are currently restructuring our formal school visit program. Keep checking back for more details!
We provide free Wi-Fi throughout the library! Simply ensure that your device has its Wi-Fi capability turned on, and connect to "lin-wifi," using the password: guestnet.
Please note that we do not currently have the option to print via Wi-Fi, you will need to use one of the public computers.
You can also download our welcome brochure, which has all of these details.
Check out periods:
- Books, audiobooks, and music CDs: 3 weeks
- DVDs, magazines, and new bestsellers: 1 week
- New DVDs: 1 day
- Books and Audiobooks: 2 renewals
- DVDs, CDs, and magazines: no renewals
Check out limits:
- Total limit: 50 items
- CDs, DVDs, new DVDs, audiobooks, magazines, 7 day bestsellers: 5 of each type
We know the entrance to the Library can be hard to find! Our building was designed to face a high school and a branch of Sierra College, creating a three-part campus. As the only building completed in that plan, our entrance can look a little out of place. Use the map below to see where our entrances are in relation to the parking lots.
Our Carnegie branch is closed to the public, but still houses some books. If you see a title in the catalog that you are interested in, but it is housed at the Carnegie Library, please ask a staff member to place the item on hold for you. Only staff can place holds on items from Carnegie.
Please note that it can take several weeks to obtain items from the Carnegie Library, and that we cannot guarantee an arrival date. Items are retrieved from the Carnegie when the request list reaches a certain length, and must then be processed to be part of the Twelve Bridges collection. We appreciate your patience with this procedure.
There is no minimum age to be eligible for a library card. Each child must have their ownLibrary Card Application filled out with their name and age; the address, phone number, e-mail and ID number should be that of their parent or legal guardian.
Both the child and the parent or legal guardian must be present for the child to receive their card; the parent/guardian will need to show his/her photo ID and proof of residence, as laid out in the "How do I get a library card?" section.
Please note that this is a separate account with full borrowing and internet privileges; the library cannot act as a parent and censor what children access. Please be responsible and attentive to what your children are doing and reading in the library. If you wish to revoke your child's ability to access computers or check out books, please call us and delete your child's account.
Library cards are offered free of charge to any California resident; you can download our library card application here.
Bring your completed application, your photo ID, and your proof of residence to the library, where a staff member will be happy to make a library card for you. Welcome to the library!
For individuals under 18, both the applicant and his or her parent/guardian must be present to receive a card. The parent/guardian will need to show their photo ID and proof of residence
Acceptable photo ID: Any government-issued ID that includes both your name and photograph, such as a driver's license, state ID card, passport, military identification, Resident Alien card, or Matricula Consular card.
Acceptable proof of residence: Photo ID with current address, or official documentation with both your name and current address on it, such as a utility bill, lease agreement, credit card or mortgage bill, or DMV change of address card.
Fines and fees must be paid in person at the Library. We accept Visa and Mastercard debit and credit cards for fees over $5.00, as well as cash and checks.
- Most items: $0.25/day
- DVDs (including new): $1.00
- Max overdue fine: $7.50/item
- Varies according to damage.
- Damaged DVD/CD cases: $5.00
- Max damage fee: Cost of item + $7.50 processing fee
- Items are considered lost if they are not returned within 30 days of the due date.
- Once considered lost, the price of the item + $7.50 processing fee is added to the account of the borrower.
- If the item is returned later, the price of the item will be removed. The $7.50 fee will remain, as an overdue fine.
Holds can only be placed on books or audiobooks that are currently checked out. You can place a hold online through our library catalog, or ask a library staff member to place a hold for you.
If you are placing a hold on a popular item, like a new bestseller, please make sure to change the date when your hold expires. The system default is 30 days, which often means your hold will expire before you receive the item. If this happens, you have to re-request the item and start at the bottom of the hold list.
Printing is possible from any of our public computers; we do not currently have wireless printing.
Printing, copying, faxing, and scanning all have fees associated with them.
B&W printing/copying: $0.25/page
Color printing/copying: $0.50/page
Faxing and scanning: $1.00/page
- Use the print preview option to make sure that you are printing what you want to print.
- Continue to print like normal (File-> Print or Ctrl+P). Default printing is B&W; make sure to change to the color printer if you need to.
- Enter your library card number when prompted; you will then be shown a total number of pages and price.
- Come to the Front Desk with your library card. Let the staff member know that you sent something to be printed.
- Staff will use your card to verify which print jobs are yours, and then release them to the printer.
- Receive your prints and pay for them.
- We do not currently have a publicly accessible copier. For copies, please come to the Front Desk, where a staff member will be happy to make copies for you.
- Bring your pages to be faxed to the Front Desk.
- You will be asked to write down the number you would like them faxed to.
- Staff will fax your items from the staff work area.
- Double sided pages will be faxed in two batches (all front pages, followed by all back pages).
- You will receive a confirmation of the fax for your records.
- Bring yours pages to be scanned to the Front Desk.
- You will be asked to write down your e-mail address.
- Staff will scan your items in the staff work area.
- Double sided pages will be scanned in two batches (all front pages, followed by all back pages).
- The scanned documents will be e-mailed to your e-mail.
Only books and audiobooks can be renewed. These items can be renewed 2 times, providing there are no holds on the item. You can renew these items online, in person, or over the phone.Online:
- Log into your library account here.
- Click on the "My Account" tab at the top.
- Select the items you would like to renew.
- Click "Request Renewal" at the bottom of the list.
- Check the status of your item--if it was successfully renewed, the status will read "renewed" and there will be a new due date.
- Come into the library with your library card; you do not have to bring in the item in question.
- Go the front desk and let a staff member know you would like to renew an item on your account.
- If possible, we will renew the item and issue you a receipt with your new due date.
Over the phone:
- Make sure you have your library card number handy; we cannot access your account over the phone without the number.
- Call the library at 916-434-2410.
- Let us know that you would like to renew an item; we will ask for your library card number and then renew your requested items, if possible.
- If we do not answer the phone, please leave a message with your name, library card number, and the title(s) of the item(s) you'd like renewed. If there is an issue with the renewal, we will contact you and inform you as soon as possible.
Come into the library with your photo ID and we will make a replacement card for you. Replacement cards cost $1.00, and will have a new library card number on the back. Please make sure to discard your old card if you find it, as it will no longer be active.
If your library card is lost or stolen, please report it to us immediately. Until the card is deactivated, you are still responsible for any items checked out on it.
Items can be returned at one of three locations. During open hours, feel free to use the book drops in the lobby or to return your items to the Front Desk. If we're closed, we have a 24-hour book drop on the west side of the building (closest to Highway 65).
There are no reservations required for our public use computers; they are on a first come, first served basis. Simply find an open computer and begin. If you need to print, please use your library card number or your name when prompted.
Our computers run Windows 7, have the full Microsoft Office Suite, internet connections, and printing capabilities.
Our volunteers are an essential part of our Library team, and we hope you'll consider becoming one! Our volunteers fill many roles, including the following:
- General Volunteers: Our General Volunteers keep a drop-in schedule, coming in when it is most convenient for them. These volunteers check in items, help with shelving, and generally keep the library operating smoothly.
- Homework Coaches: Do you enjoy being with children and helping them succeed in school? The Homework Center needs YOU! We have an opportunity for you to volunteer as a Homework Coach and help students with reading, math, science, or computer skills.
- Storytime Volunteers: Do you enjoy spending time with children? Do you like reading aloud? Consider becoming a storytime volunteer, and making our Wednesday afternoon storytimes a success.
- Summer Reading Volunteer: Help us make Summer Reading a success! We're looking for volunteers--especially teens needing community service--to help us run workshops, teach crafts, check logs, and more.
To volunteer, please download our Volunteer Application Packet. Return the first two pages to the Library and our Volunteer Coordinator will get back to you. Don't forget to write down any special volunteer opportunities you'd like to be a part of!
- The Lincoln Fire Department does have some staff that are certified Car Seat Technicians. They can assist installing your car seat correctly. For an appointment please contact the Fire Station #34 @ 126 Joiner Parkway – (916) 434-2415.
The California Vehicle Code (CVC) establishes prima facie speed limits on all public streets based on the individual street classification and, in some cases, land use. The term ‘prima facie’, as used in the CVC, is a speed limit that applies when no other specific speed limit is posted. The following are some of the land uses for which 25 miles per hour (mph) is the prima facie speed limit: business districts, residential districts, senior centers, and school zones.
In addition, the CVC allows local jurisdictions to justify speed limits other than the prima facie speed limit by performing an engineering and traffic study for specific street segments. Speed limits set by an engineering and traffic study are normally set near the 85th percentile speed, rounded to the nearest 5 mph increment. The 85th percentile speed is the speed at or below which 85 percent of the traffic is moving.
The CVC allows for the posted speed to be reduced by 5 mph from the nearest 5 mph increment of the 85th percentile speed if the conditions and justifications for using this lower speed limit are documented in the engineering and traffic study and approved by a registered Civil or Traffic Engineer.
Studies of the effects of establishing, raising and lowering speed limits demonstrate that setting the speed limit too high or too low can increase collisions. Speed limits that are set near the 85th percentile speed of free flowing traffic are safer and produce less variance in vehicle speeds. Because of this, the 85th percentile is used to establish the upper limit of operating speeds that are considered reasonable and prudent.
Additionally, adherence to this procedure is required to allow local law enforcement to use radar equipment to enforce the speed limits that are not established by prima facie speeds.
- The Lincoln Fire Department no longer allows burning within the City. If you are located outside the City limits and wish to obtain a Residential Burn Permit; you may contact the Cal Fire (California Department of Forestry & Fire Protection) to obtain a residential burn permit.
- Complete a Lincoln Fire Department Report Request Form; and submit it to the Lincoln Fire Department administrative offices (Station #34 @ 126 Joiner Parkway – (916) 434-2415).
Stop sign placements are recommended by the City Engineer when specific traffic conditions are met, as identified in an engineering study. This conditions are different for all-way and two-way stops.
All-Way Stop Sign Control
In order for the City Engineer to recommend installation of all-way stop sign control, the intersection must meet one or more specific traffic criteria established by the State of California, Department of Transportation (CALTRANS). The criteria indicates that all-way stop control should be installed where the number of vehicles approaching the intersection from all directions is approximate or equal, or where there is a collision history as indicated by a specific number and types of incidents. Other criteria that may be considered in an engineering study includes the need to control left turn conflicts; the need to control pedestrian or vehicle conflicts near locations that generate a high pedestrian volume; locations where a road user, after stopping, cannot see conflicting traffic and is not able to safely negotiate the intersection unless conflicting cross traffic is also required to stop; and an intersection of two residential collector streets of similar design and operating characteristics where all-way stop control would improve traffic operational characteristics of the intersection.
Two-Way Stop Sign Control
Similarly, in order for the City Engineer to recommend installation of a two-way stop sign control, the intersection must meet one or more specific traffic criteria established by the State of California, Department of Transportation (CALTRANS). This includes that the vehicular traffic volumes on the through street or highway exceed 6,000 vehicles per day; that a restricted view exists that requires road users to stop in order to adequately observe conflicting traffic on the through street or highway; and/or crash records indicate that three or more crashes that are susceptible to correction by the installation of a STOP sign have been reported within a 12-month period, or that five or more such crashes have been reported within a 2-year period.
5,324 resident accounts, or 32% of our residential customers, will be receiving some kind of refund; the other 68% of accounts have paid at or below the cost of service during the time in question.
Of those customers receiving refunds, 98% of those refunds will come in the form of a refund credit to their water utility account, and the remaining 2% (or 138 accounts) which are owed a refund of $1,000 or more will receive refund checks.
There has been a lot of discussion about how the City of Lincoln's water rates compare to those of other jurisdictions, particularly in relation to a document produced by the Fair Oaks Water District. The City has reviewed the Fair Oaks Water District's report and found inaccurate amounts for the City of Lincoln's 3/4" and 1" meters. The City also contacted a majority of the other agencies listed to confirm their rates for the same consumption levels. City staff have subsequently prepared a corrected version of the analysis. In order to improve the value of the comparison, we have also separated the rates for the two different meter sizes.
An important note is that these charts assume a bi-monthly billing of 40 CCF, or 30,000 gallons. This is the equivalent of two monthly billings, each with 15,000 gallons. In the summer, only approximately 40% of the customer accounts meet this amount of usage, and only approximately 10% meet it during the winter months. View the chart of consumption ranges here.
These charts also reflect the current water rates, which will be replaced by a new, single-tier water rate system in early 2018.
- Yes. The City will send notification of pending refund to the address on record. If you have moved and your mail is no longer being forwarded, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your previous Lincoln address AND your new address where you want your refund to be mailed.
- Yes. As long you were listed as the water customer account on the account during the refund period.
No. The establishment of utility rates is subject to the requirements of Proposition 218, which requires that established rates do not exceed the proportional cost of service to any specific class of customers.
As a result of the San Juan Capistrano case in 2015, the court held that a tiered rate structure similar to the one adopted in the City of Lincoln was invalid under the court's narrowly defined definition of Proposition 218. As a result of that ruling and concerns raised by members of the community, the City of Lincoln voluntarily suspended rates in Tier 4 and 5 in April 2017, as the City believed those rates were no longer in compliance with Proposition 218.
At the January 9, 2018 City Council meeting, Mayor Nader announced during open session it had recently came to his attention that the FY 2017-18 budget is the first to contain a revenue line item for the City’s municipal water use. That prompted further inquiry by him into the City’s recent water loss report to the State, and also the HF&H water rate study that was adopted by the City Council in 2013. He expressed concern the HF&H study did not adequately disclose the fact the City was not budgeting revenue to pay for its municipal use, nor did it disclose the implications that practice may have relative to Proposition 218. With that he directed the City Attorney to oversee an independent fact finding mission to understand the history of this practice.
Meyers Nave has completed this fact finding investigation, and the City Council approved the release of the report related to the mission. This report can be reviewed here.
The purpose of this update is to clarify how refunds for the 2013 Tiered Water Rate Structure will be issued to the City’s ratepayers. Because of the staff and labor intensive nature of calculating and issuing the refunds, the City has separated the refunds into the following rounds:
Round One (Residential): The first round of refunds for the period of February 2016 to March 2017 for Residential customers has been completed.
Round Two (Non-Residential and Multi-Family Residential): The next refunds to be issued will be for Non-Residential and Multi-Family Residential customers for the same time period as the First Round, i.e., February 2016 to March 2017. It is anticipated these refunds will be issued in July and August of 2018.
Round Three (Residential, Non-Residential, and Multi-Family Residential)**: Upon completion of Round 1 and 2 refunds, the City will begin processing refunds for all customers for the time period beginning January 2014 (the implementation date of the rate structure) through January 2016 (the last billing cycle prior to the start of the time period for the first round of refunds).
Round Four (Residential): The City will issue refunds for residential customers for the time period April 2017 through the date when the newly adopted rates are implemented, which is anticipated to be October 2018. Because the issuance of Round Four Refunds are governed by a deadline in a court settlement agreement, the issuance of these refunds will take priority over the refunds being issued for Round 3.
Round Five (Non-Residential and Multi-Family Residential)**: Round Five provides for the issuance of refunds for Non-Residential and Multi-Family Residential customers for the same time period as Round Four.
**Please note: One and Four are stipulated by the settlement agreement and therefore take precedence over the processing of the other Rounds that were implemented by subsequent actions of City Council. As a result, Rounds Three and Five of the refunds may potentially not be completed until after Round Four is completed for the reasons stated above.
For each Round, customers who are owed less than $1,000 for their refund will be credited on their water utility account and customers who are owed more than $1,000 will receive a refund check.
- What did the ad-hoc water rate committee recommend regarding refunds for the time before February 2016?
This information was originally provided under the heading, " What about refunds for the time before February 2016?". As more action directly related to that question has occurred, the title of this section was renamed in the sake of clarity.
The settlement agreement approved in October 2017 establishes refunds for residential water customers going back to February 2016. However, the City Council reconvened the Citizen’s Ad Hoc Water Rate Committee to discuss the question of providing rebates going back to April 2015, or as far back as January 1, 2014, which is when the City’s current rates were adopted. This committee met on November 27th and 30th, 2017, and the agendas and minutes of those meetings are available here.
The committee recommended a plan that included:
- Issuing water refunds/credits going back to April 15, 2015. This is the date where Proposition 218 was clarified by the San Juan Capistrano ruling.
- Reducing proposed water rates over the next five years to collect roughly $1.9 million less, equaling the value of credits for the period between January 2014 (when the tiered system in questions was established) and April 2015.
This recommendation was informed by legal considerations, benefit to rate payers, and the desire to increase the rate competitiveness of the water utility.
This non-binding recommendation was taken to the City Council on January 23, 2018. Council declined to follow this recommendation, due to legal concerns regarding the gift of public funds.
Every fire service provider in the United States receives a protection classification rating from the Insurance Services Offices (ISO). This classification provides a numerical value for the agency’s structural fire protection delivery, after considering each agency’s dispatch services, water supply, apparatus, equipment, training and incident response. The Lincoln Fire Department was most recently evaluated in September 2014, and improved its protection class rating to a four (4).
- In 2013 the City adopted the current water tier system which included 5 tiers at that time. The tiered rates were adopted in part based on state mandates to encourage water conservation. At the time of water rate adoption, 66% to 80% of California water providers were using some type of tiered rates.
Under the current timeline, the new rate study will be released with the newly proposed rates in late October 2018.
The majority of current road rehabilitation Capital Improvement Projects are in the historic areas of town, and are rehabilitating older roads. A map and full list of all CIP projects can be viewed here.
Many factors play into how road rehabilitation is scheduled, including:
Ideal maintenance schedules: When we maintain roadways properly the life cycle cost is only 25% when compared to waiting until the roadway fails and then reconstructing them. Newer roads are maintained in the most optimal fashion in order to limit costs.
Funding sources: Some federal grant funds can only be used for maintenance of collector and arterial roadways, which does not apply to most of the downtown roadways.
Underlying utilities: In the downtown area, many of the underlying utilities are often in much worse shape than the pavement. The City is beginning a 10-year program to rehabilitate the water and sewer systems in the downtown area, and will also rehabilitate the pavement after the waterlines are replaced.
- Why did the Council previously decide not to issue refunds for the period of January 2014-January 2016 and then changed their minds at the March 13, 2018 City Council meeting to issue refunds all the way back to January 1, 2014?
Based on direction received from City Council, staff completed and in-depth analysis of the impacts associated with the issuance of refunds outside of the one-year statute of limitations established by the Jackson litigation. This analysis demonstrated that there was a public purpose associated with refunding money paid through utility rates beyond the one year statute of limitations and as such, the issuance of such refunds would not constitute a gift of public funds in violation of California Constitution, article XVI, § 6. Specifically, this analysis supported the following findings:
1. Since the adoption of Resolution No. 2018-24, staff has invested significant time and effort refining financial calculations toward the adoption of a new rate model.
2. Additional refunds may be issued without significantly impacting other rate payers.
3. Additional refunds will not impact the schedule of capital improvement projects or reserve levels as established by the City Council.
4. Additional refunds will not impact the City’s ability to manage and finance its utilities in the future.
5. The City will benefit by the issuance of additional refunds that serve to preserve the public peace, health, or safety.
6. The City will benefit from improved trust in local government.
7. Refunds will protect the City from the adverse risk of further or additional litigation regarding utility rates.8. There is a public benefit to the issuance of the refunds contemplated by this Resolution.
You may notice a fire engine at local supermarkets. Firefighters shift schedule keeps them at the fire station for 48 hours straight. Crews will shop for supplies to cook during their shift. Employees provide their own food while at work, and often chip in together for collective meals. It is important to note that there are sometimes multiple fire agencies that might shop for groceries here in the City of Lincoln; so that big red fire engine might not always belong to the Lincoln Fire Department.
- In order to issue the refunds in a timely manner, the City is issuing credits to the water bills of all customers who are due a refund under $1,000. Those owed more than $1,000 will be issued a refund check.
Yes. On March 13, 2018, City Council directed staff to issue additional refunds to any customer who paid greater than the cost to provide service (set by the settlement agreement at $2.76 per thousand gallons) throughout the entire rate period (January 1, 2014 until such time the new rates are adopted and implemented).