No library card? No problem for Hillsborough County public school students
The Hillsborough County public library system has quadrupled the number of local children who can check out its collections, by granting access to all public school students without a library card.
The children will be able to borrow the materials using their seven-digit student ID number. They're automatically enrolled -- even students in charter schools.
The new program, called HAAL (Hillsborough All Access Libraries) Pass, is aimed at offering added opportunities for all children to use the vast set of reading materials in the county library system. It launched late last week, as a collaboration between the school district and county libraries, in advance of the new school year.
The library system reports having more than 1 million books available, as well as 57,800 audiobooks, 91,360 DVDs, 50,290 newspapers and magazines, 37,500 music CDs, and nearly 288,000 eBooks.