Linking students and public libraries

Kansas City Public Library is using a new technological innovation to allow public school students access to library materials without having to possess an actual library card. Children are now able to type their student ID numbers to check out materials and to access online databases, since the library has linked these ID numbers with their system. This switch in early 2015 enabled as many as 10,000 K-12 students to immediate access to library materials, according to American Libraries Online. This method effectively eliminates the need for the parent to visit the library in person to obtain a card for their child. Older students who work or play sports like the flexibility, and younger children no longer have the worry of losing their library card. The Nashville Public Library has been using this system since 2009, and has seen a marked increase in the borrowing of library materials. Sounds like a viable option …

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