Santa Clara County Library District connects students ID’s to library eCards


Students in the Saratoga and Campbell union school districts can now automatically access the Santa Clara County Library District’s online resources.

The library district is giving students in both K-8 districts their own library eCard, which can be linked to their student identification number. Once students link their student number with their library eCard PIN number, they can begin borrowing from the library district’s online resources, which include eBooks, videos, research tools and online tutoring services.

Diane Roche, the library district’s director of communications, said linking the numbers and card will result in students not needing to remember their library personal identification numbers.

“This is easier for kids to remember and for their families,” she said.

The service and online resources are free to use. There are no fines or fees for checking out online items as content disappears from the device it was downloaded to after a certain time period.

“All students need is Internet access, and they can access materials from any of our online resources,” Roche said, adding that student access will continue through grade 12.

Instructions on how to access online resources can be found on the library district’s branch websites. Students can access online articles and magazines and Rosetta Stone language software, and can download up to five free songs a week.

Students who want to borrow physical books and other materials from a library must still register for a library card, according to Roche.

Roche said it is possible the library district could extend the eCard linking program to other school districts.

The Santa Clara County Library District operates seven community libraries, one branch library, two bookmobiles and an online library. Branches can be found in Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Milpitas, Monte Sereno and Saratoga.

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