Libraries Unlock Resources for 200,000 Students
When 17-year-old Chamberlain High School student Abdiel Figueroa heads to class on Aug. 10 for the start of the 2017-18 school year, he'll take with him more than a million books, 57,800 audiobooks, 91,360 DVDs, 50,290 newspapers and magazines, 37,500 music CDs, and nearly 288,000 eBooks.
That's a lot to stuff in a backpack, but it will be easy thanks to HAAL Pass (Hillsborough All Access Libraries), a new partnership between Hillsborough County Public Schools and the Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative to expand access to the public library system's vast resources - all without a library card.
Through the new initiative, students enrolled in grades K-12 in the public schools system, including charter schools, don't need to be library card holders - or even apply for a card - in order to check out books, printed materials, DVDs, CDs, and audiobooks, or to use a wide variety of online resources and learning tools from the public library system.
All Hillsborough County Public Schools students are automatically enrolled in HAAL Pass. Students simply use their seven-digit student ID number and a PIN at a library kiosk, or the online portal.
"I'm impressed," said Figueroa, after learning in less than 60 seconds how to use his student ID number to access online resources on an iPad at the North Tampa Branch Library. A senior this year, he particularly likes the online studying help for SAT tests.
"I think it's a great opportunity for all the kids in Hillsborough County because it's easy," he said.
HAAL Pass makes additional library resources available to more than 200,000 public schools students - four times the number of school-age kids who now have Hillsborough County library cards. The new initiative tackles head-on the many reasons that kids don't have cards or use public library resources, and expands access to quality educational resources for all students.
Students may still have a standard public library card in addition to their HAAL Pass. To use Internet-connected computers at the public libraries, students must first complete Netsmartz safety training.
For more information, go to HCPLC.org/HAALPass
What are some of the things that students can do through HAAL Pass?
- Borrow up to three books, audiobooks, magazines, DVDs, and more, from any public library branch in Hillsborough County.
- Get live homework help from Tutor.com.
- Take practice tests using Learning Express Library.
- Download e-books and audiobooks.
- Get articles from newspapers, magazines and reference books in print and digital format.
- Use public library computers to type papers and create presentations.
- Visit the Kids and Teens pages to explore the resources available.