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August 4, 2017
When Hillsborough County Public School students head to the classroom next week for the start of the 2017-18 school year, they’ll take with them 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 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.
It’s called HAAL Pass. HAAL stands for Hillsborough All Access Libraries. Through the new initiative, students enrolled in grades K-12 in the public school 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. Their seven-digit student ID number is all they’ll need.
HAAL Pass will make additional library resources available to more than 200,000 public school 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 equitable access to quality educational resources for all students.
Learn more: HCPLC.org/HAALPASS