Friday, August 16, 2019

As youth, families, teachers and staff prepare for school to begin, don’t overlook the library! The Arlington Public Library is ready to support learners all year long, especially in the excitement of back to school. Here are five great ways to make the 2019-2020 school year better than ever with the library.

1. Easy access for AISD students

Arlington Independent School District students automatically have access to public library resources such as computers, databases and eBooks using their student ID (ie. lunch number). Students may also check out up to 2 physical items at a time. The default password for computers and online resources is 1234.

Returning students can continue to use their ID number for library access. New student accounts will be automatically created by mid-fall. New students who need access earlier in the semester can visit any library location to have their account individually created.

Need more than two items at once? Keep reading to see how every student can receive a full library card for free!

2. Free library cards for all students and educational staff

All students, teachers and faculties at schools and licensed daycares in Arlington are eligible for a free library card, regardless of residence. All ages and grade levels are eligible, including college and technical school students. Public, charter, and private school students and staff can all participate. Please bring proof of attendance or employment to any Arlington Public Library location to get started.

3. Find assigned books and research materials

With over 550,000 items in its collection, the Arlington Public Library is ready for research, reading assignments, and personal learning projects. Click here to find items online, or get help searching at the front desk at any location. Some reference items are only available for use in the library, but most books can be checked out for three weeks or longer.

To kick-start a research project, schedule a 30-minute personal appointment with a librarian. Get expert help on how to find information or sources tailored to the assignment. These one-on-one appointments are free to library card holders.

4. Tools to work on assignments

Turn it in! Use public computers for homework and other assignments at any library. All Arlington Public Library locations offer public computers and printing. Computer access is free to library card holders and is available to guests at $1 per hour. Free public Wi-fi is also available in every library location. No log-in or password is required.

The library offers economical document options for assignments that need to be printed. Printing starts at $.10 a page for black and white documents. Color printing, double-sided copies, faxing and other tools are also available. Click here to learn how to print from a personal device or an emailed file.

5. Support for classroom activities

Students, parents and teachers alike can find free ways to support learning. Daycares, early elementary teachers and parents of younger children love to check out Read It Again Kits. These themed kits are full of educational toys and games, DVDs, CDs, puppets, and of course, books. They’re a great way to explore learning concepts, holidays, and favorite concepts.

Teachers and school librarians, request a library visit for your classroom or school. Depending on availability, librarians can attend events such as literacy nights at school campuses. Classes can also make a field trip to the Downtown Library. These trips are free and can be customized for different ages and interests.