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Posted August 3, 2017 | 10:49 AM

Who Needs a Library Card?

HAAL Pass will open a world of learning and additional resources just in time for new school year

Hillsborough County, Fla. (Aug. 3, 2017) - When Hillsborough County Public Schools students head to the classroom next week for the start of the 2017-18 school year, they'll take with them more than a million books, 57,800 audiobooks, 91,360 DVDs, 50,290 newspapers and magazines, 37,500 music CDs, and nearly 288,000 eBooks.

That's a lot to stuff in a backpack, but it will be easy thanks to a new partnership between Hillsborough County Public Schools and the Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative to expand access to the public library system's vast resources - all without a library card.

It's called HAAL Pass. HAAL stands for Hillsborough All Access Libraries. Through the new initiative, students enrolled in grades K-12 in the public schools system, including charter schools, don't need to be library card holders - or even apply for a card - in order to check out books, printed materials, DVDs, CDs, and audiobooks, or to use a wide variety of online resources and learning tools from the public library system. Their seven-digit student ID number is all they'll need.

HAAL Pass will make additional library resources available to more than 200,000 public schools students - four times the number of school-age kids who now have Hillsborough County library cards. The new initiative tackles head-on the many reasons that kids don't have cards or use public library resources, and expands equitable access to quality educational resources for all students.

WHAT: Demonstration of HAAL Pass (Hillsborough All Access Libraries), a major new initiative between Hillsborough County Public Schools and the Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative to bring library resources to more than 200,000 students

WHO: Students will join Public Schools Deputy Superintendent Van Ayres and Library Services Director Andrew Breidenbaugh to show how HAAL Pass works

WHEN: Friday, Aug. 4 at 10:30 a.m.

WHERE: North Tampa Branch Library, 8916 N. Boulevard, Tampa (southwest corner of Busch Boulevard and North Boulevard)

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