How to use Library Connect

Library Connect is like a regular library card, using a number you already have.

Your Library Connect number is made up of a two-number code followed by your student ID number.

Grid to enter two-digit district ID and six-digit students ID

Your Library Connect number has an eight-number password, which uses the numbers in your birthday. Include a 0 if your birthday month and/or day is a single number. For example, if your birthday is March 5, 2011, your password is 03052011.

You can change your password online or ask the staff at the library to change it for you. 

Which school districts are part of Library Connect and what is my district code?

Each school district has a two-number code. Participating Multnomah County districts are:

  • Centennial coming soon
  • David Douglas is 40
  • Gresham-Barlow coming soon
  • Parkrose coming soon

If you are a student in another school district, you can still use library resources with your library card. Sign up online to get a library card.

Where can I find my student number?

If you don’t have your student ID card, your student ID number is available through your district's StudentVue portal.

Can I use the library’s catalog, online books and magazines?

Yes! Your Library Connect number is your library card to check out books, music and movies from any library location, and to use online resources. Anytime the library’s website asks for your library card number, just enter your Library Connect number. 

The Library Connect page has links to homework databases, e-books, and streaming music and movies.

If you want to request books from the library catalog, simply create a My MCL account using your Library Connect number and password. You can set it up with these instructions to help. Visit the library to pick up any books you request.

How do I use Library Connect at the library?

When you’re ready to check out a book, you can use the self-checkout stations. You’ll enter your Library Connect number, and then your password. You can also use computers to access the internet.

Staff can help if you don’t know your Library Connect number. 

What if I already have a Multnomah County Library card?

Your Library Connect number is now your library number. Your previous library card number can still be used when you visit a Multnomah County Library location to check out. Your password and email on your account stay the same.  

What if I have more questions?

Contact the library to find the answers you need.