Students in the Cobb County School District (CCSD) don’t need an extra card to access the digital and print resources inside the Cobb County Public Libraries. A new initiative, Library PASS – Public Library Access for Student Success, links K-12 student identification numbers to the new Cobb County PASS accounts. Cobb County Public Library resources are now available from home, classroom, or in person at the library.
The revolutionized Library Pass is a partnership between the Cobb County Public Library, Cobb schools, and Marietta City Schools. According to the Cobb County Public Library, the initiative represents one of the largest programs of its kind in the United States that expands public library resources to students.
Lisa Cleary, community engagement manager for Cobb libraries, said expanding access to the Cobb library is a major step to improve student success in the county, especially for students with limited opportunities to visit libraries in person. All students have access to school media center resources, yet only about one-fourth have Cobb library cards, she added.
Through Library PASS accounts, area public school students may check out books and eBooks and explore online resources like research publications on science, history, technology, and more.
Officials with the library system and the schools spent several months developing PASS and preparing teachers and school staff members for the PASS launch. The collaboration between the public library and schools is bolstered by the relationships developed for the annual summer reading programs and other joint initiatives held throughout the year.
“We strive every day to improve and enhance the digital and print literacy skills of our students – skills that are crucial for success in school, career, and life,” Frilot added. “The PASS partnership directly speaks to this goal.”
CCSD staff members are excited that students now have access to the public library resources to help boost their success in school.
“When it was announced to the library media specialists that the PASS partnership was ready for students, the entire group burst into cheers and applause,” Frilot said. “They know the power of access and are championing it with their staff and students any chance they get.”
For more information, please visit www.cobbcat.org/librarypass.