Free Back to School Resources
Whether it's in person or virtual learning, the Arlington Public Library has FREE resources to make this school year a success for you. Below families and students can learn about all the resources they can access with a library card. Don’t have a library card? Learn how you can get a library card here.
How do I get a library card?
Cards are FREE to anyone with valid, government‐issued photo ID and proof of residency in Arlington, Pantego, Kennedale or Mansfield. (Current driver’s license, utility bill, lease, etc. all qualify.)
- AISD and UTA students, faculty, and staff may obtain a free library card with proof of attendance or employment.
- Library card applicants under age 18 must-have application signed by a parent or legal guardian to activate the account.
- Arlington Public Library participates in a reciprocal borrowing agreement with the Mansfield Public Library and the Kennedale Public Library. Users may freely access and return items from all three collections.
AISD students can check out e-books and use databases from home by using their school lunch number and PIN 1234. Any Arlington resident or student of an Arlington school (charter, public, private, childcare) is eligible for a FREE Arlington Library card which allows you to check out e-books, e-audiobooks, and use our databases. Students who attend a school in Arlington but don’t live in Arlington will need to provide proof of enrollment for the current school year.
How can the library help support students learning from home?
The library has several resources that provide support for students learning at home. For one-on-one tutoring, you can use your library card number or AISD lunch number to log onto Brainfuse and select the age and subject your child needs help with. For other learning resources, visit our Homeschool Resources page.
How do I check out books or do research at home?
Residents can visit any of our re-opened branches to check out books. Patrons can also request books online and pick them up at their nearest library location or through curbside pick up.
Library cardholders can also check out eBooks and audiobooks through Overdrive and Libby. Visit our digital content page for even more FREE resources like magazines, comic books, and educational videos.
See the Homework Resource page for databases to use at home for research or fill out our Reference Form (insert link) to get help from a librarian to find books on a specific topic.
How can my child have access to a computer and the internet?
If your child is an Arlington ISD student, you can request a device and hotspot through the AISD Technology Resources page. Any family can bring a personal device to a library branch and use the library’s free WIFI. The library children’s computers cannot support video/audio features and will be unavailable until further notice.
Where are free meals being offered in Arlington?
The Tarrant Area Food Bank has updated lists for how to find food assistance programs near you.
Arlington ISD students can get free meals through curbside pick-up at several school sites, posted on their meals page.
Mission Arlington also provides groceries and financial assistance.
What is the library doing to help preschool children?
The library will be leading virtual early learning programs daily to support your child’s development and has created other online resources, including a new YouTube Playlist with early learning songs. All resources are available on the Early Learning with APL page.
Caregivers can check out books or early learning kits to provide opportunities for children to explore new games and books at home. These are available to check out in-person or through Curbside Pick-up.
How can students volunteer at the library this year?
Teens have opportunities to get volunteer hours by helping with virtual programs, taking surveys, or watching videos to learn about city departments. Go to our [Teen Volunteer] page to learn more!