Library Connect: Information for parents & educators

What is Library Connect?

Library Connect provides free Multnomah County Library accounts for students using their student ID number as their library card. Library Connect accounts give access to physical and digital materials. Students in grades K-12 in the following school districts are automatically signed up.

David Douglas

Coming soon!
Centennial
Gresham-Barlow
Parkrose

Multnomah County Library is proud to partner with public school districts to increase equity and access for all students and inspire lifelong learning.

What do students have access to?

Library Connect users enjoy all the resources of Multnomah County Library. Students can: 

  • borrow materials at any Multnomah County Library location
  • download e-books and audiobooks
  • use resources such as World Book Encyclopedia, National Geographic and Opposing Viewpoints
  • work virtually with a tutor through Live Homework Help
  • stream movies and music
  • and much more

How does it work?

Library Connect accounts are created automatically. Your child’s Library Connect number is the school district code plus the student ID number. 

The default password for a new Library Connect account is your child’s birthdate (MMDDYYYY). The library encourages students to change their password

What if my child already has a library card?

If your student already has a library card, their Library Connect number has been added to their account. Either number may be used to access online resources or to borrow materials. The password and email for the existing account have not been changed.  

Are there any costs?

Library Connect is free and there are no late fines. There are never fees for digital materials. Contact the library if items get lost, or if fees are stopping you from using the library. We can help!

If Multnomah County Library books were returned to the school, there may be a delay removing the books from your student’s account. If you returned books but they are still on the account, please contact us.

How can I find out what my child is borrowing?

Multnomah County Library values the privacy of all users. We encourage you to talk to your child about how they are using their card. If you would like to know what is checked out on your child’s account, you may log in with their number and password. If you need library staff help, please share the student’s ID number when you contact us.  

Will students and teachers be taught how to use Library Connect and library resources? 

We created the Library Connect website (multcolib.org/libraryconnect) to help educators, students, and parents find resources for the grade level they need.

Multnomah County librarians will offer presentations for teachers and students and explore library resources in the classroom. Please check out handouts for some resources and introductory videos.

If you are a teacher interested in arranging a remote or in-person classroom visit or discussing other options, please email libraryconnect@multcolib.org. More educator resources are also available on the School Corps website.

I’m a parent / educator. How can I get a library card?

Multnomah County residents can sign up online or visit any Multnomah County Library location to get a library card.

If you are an educator and live or teach in Multnomah County, you can register for an educator library card, separate from your personal library card.

What if I don’t want my child to participate?

Parents should contact their child’s school to opt out. 

Students who have opted out will not have access to the same lessons and resources as their classmates, unless they have a Multnomah County Library card and know the full card number and password.

Who can I contact if I have more questions?

Please email us with any questions. We’re happy to hear from you.