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August 4, 2017

Hillsborough students now have more access than ever to local libraries!

By Tampa Bay Parenting

Hillsborough County Schools and Hillsborough County Public Libraries unveil HAAL Pass initiative.

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.

Hillsborough-County-Schools-HAAL-PassThat’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

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