Ames Public Library Partnership
The Ames Community School District and Ames Public Library (APL) have entered into a data sharing agreement to provide electronic library cards for all K-12 students. Student accounts have been uploaded into the public library’s database and are now available to students in grades PK-12. Our goal is to expand access and complement the resources already provided by teachers’ classroom libraries and media centers.
Below please find an overview of the Student Library Card and Ames Public Library resources.
What is a student library card?
Student Library Card is an electronic library card that gives students access to Ames Public Library’s physical materials for checkout and online resources including research databases, audiobooks, and e-books. It is automatically generated for all K-12 students in the Ames Community School District.
Do I need to register?
With Student Library Cards, signing up for a library card is effortless! All K-12 ACSD students get an electronic Student Library Card when they enroll in school unless parents opt out.
Do students have an account number or a library card?
Student Library Cards are an easy-to-remember number based on student school IDs. There is no physical card to lose, keeping student’s private information safer. A student’s account number is the number 4 + their student ID number. Their password is their birthdate in month/day/year format. For example, April 9, 2010 would be 040910.
What tools for success are available for students?
With Student Library Cards, students can check out up to 3 physical items at a time. Online, they can get homework help from a tutor, find primary resources using trusted databases, access the New York Times and other newspapers, find a book to read, and download an audiobook.
How can I help my students access materials?
Help them log on to the Ames Public Library website
(using their account number and password) where they can:
Encourage students to visit with or email us if an item is lost or damaged. We want to help them continue using the Library.
What are the financial risks?
Ames Public Library does not charge overdue fines on materials returned late. Students are responsible for lost or damaged materials – however library staff are eager to work with students to resolve any account issues. Students continue to have access to online resources and materials even if they have lost items on their accounts.
How long are student library cards active?
Student Library Cards are automatically renewed each school year and can be used year round.
Can a student library card be changed into a regular library account?
Students are welcome to apply for a personal library card in addition to their student account.
What if a student or parent wants to opt out?
Parents may opt out during the registration process. Students or parents can opt-out at any point by contacting their school.