Release Date: 11/7/2017
Contact: Office of Communications, 443.809.5908

More access for BCPS students through school, library partnership

What: Students and parents from Padonia International Elementary School will be accompanied by the Dulaney High School band as they walk next door to the Cockeysville branch of the Baltimore County Public Library (BCPL) to learn about the expanded partnership of S.A.I.L.—Students Achieve in Libraries. Paula Miller, director, Baltimore County Public Library, will announce Student Accounts, which allow students to check out five print or audio books without late fees and unlimited digital resources. Students will use their BCPS One card or student identification number to access the resources in person, and will use their student identification number for access through the BCPL website.

Verletta White, BCPS interim superintendent, and Kevin Kamenetz, Baltimore County Executive, will provide remarks and welcome the community to American Education Week, which is Nov. 13 – 17. The Padonia Panda and Sneaks the Cat, the BCPL mascot, also will be on hand.

When: Monday Nov. 13, 2017, from 9 – 9:30 a.m.

Where: Padonia International Elementary School
Multipurpose Room
9834 Greenside Dr.
Cockeysville 21030

Baltimore County Public Library—Cockeysville Branch
9833 Greenside Dr.
Cockeysville 21030

Background: In an expansion of the S.A.I.L. (Students Achieve in Libraries) partnership between Baltimore County Public Schools and Baltimore County Public Library, all students now have access to Baltimore County Public Library resources through new Student Accounts. This initiative, which is the result of Baltimore County Public Library and BCPS’ shared goal of providing all students open access to public library resources, removes barriers — including late fees — that students and families may have faced in the past.

In an effort to be as flexible as possible with young library customers, Student Account holders will not accrue late or extended-use fees. While borrowing privileges may be blocked due to unreturned items (30 days after an item is due), accounts will always offer access to online resources and databases.

Through their Student Accounts, all BCPS students are now able to borrow up to five print or audio books at one time and have access to all Baltimore County Public Library online resources. Students who visit any of the library’s 19 Baltimore County locations may check out materials by scanning a BCPS One Card or through their student identification numbers; online resources can be accessed on bcpl.info using a student identification number.

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