80,000 students now have instant access to Multnomah County Library with their student ID

Portland Public Schools is the latest of five school district partners to join Library Connect

PORTLAND, Ore. — May 21, 2021. Beginning this week, all Portland Public Schools students, along with those in four other Multnomah County school districts, can use their school student ID to access Multnomah County Library services, just like a regular library card. Students in Centennial, David Douglas, Gresham-Barlow, and Parkrose school districts are also eligible under the program, called Library Connect.  

Library Connect provides about 80,000 students across Multnomah County instant access to digital books, graphic novels, magazines, newspapers, music, movies, help from online tutors and more, all without fines or fees. That total includes more than 45,000 accounts for students who did not previously have a library card. 

Library Connect began with David Douglas as the first partner a year ago. The library hopes to work with other school districts to continue to expand access. Parents or guardians who do not wish their child to participate can opt out by notifying their school. Students may still get library cards at the library in the usual way. 

“The public library is all about removing barriers to help people learn, grow and use public resources,” said Multnomah County LIbrary Director of Programming and Outreach Kirby McCurtis. “Library Connect is a perfect illustration of how libraries can work with natural partners like school districts to create better outcomes for the communities we serve together.”

"Providing student access to resources is a tenet for teaching and learning," said Luis Valentino, Chief Academic Officer of Portland Public Schools. "Our students and teachers already tap into many of Multnomah County Library offerings and Library Connect will make this even easier by increasing access to their extensive collection of resources."

Library Connect benefits educators by giving all of their students access to the same resources. Multnomah County Library’s School Corps program also offers library cards with expanded borrowing privileges for educators, in-classroom and online reading motivation programs, personalized interest-based reading lists and ready-made book and instructional kits for group reading projects. 

Multnomah County Library is a fine-free library for patrons of all ages. 

Library Connect is made possible by gifts to The Library Foundation.

Contacts:

Shawn Cunningham
Multnomah County Library
Cell: 503-781-5410
shawnc@multcolib.org

Karen Werstein
Portland Public Schools
Cell: 503-502-6896
kwerstein@pps.net