HALL Pass (Hillsborough All Access Libraries) will enable every K-12 Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS) student heading back to the classroom to have expanded public library access to 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.
No, students won’t have to overfill their backpacks, or worry about carrying public library materials to and from school, nor will they have to find a ride to a brick-and-mortar public library to return their materials. With the kickoff of the HAAL Pass initiative, a partnership between HCPS Media Library Services and the Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative (HCPLC), every HCPS student (including charter school students) will be able to use their student number (sometimes referred to as their “lunch number") to check out a variety of resources from the public library system, online or in person.
“This is about just one number – their student number, and that number will provide access to many more educational resources in the Hillsborough County Public Library system," said Van Ayres, deputy superintendent of HCPS. "This is a super exciting time for us. We rely on great partners in this district, and HAAL Pass is just one example of what a great partnership we have with the public library!”
High school students will have access to test-prep materials such as study guides for the SAT and ACT college entrance exams; science students can do research with National Geographic for Kids or Science Online; and, every student will be able to choose to learn a new language or get tutoring assistance by using their new, easy-to-use access. HAAL Pass will make additional library resources available to more than 200,000 public school students – four times the number of school-age kids who now have Hillsborough County library cards. By using HAAL Pass, many of the reasons that students don’t have public library cards or use public library resources will be eliminated, and along with the many resources already available in their school media centers, it will expand equitable access to quality educational resources for all students.
For more information about HAAL Pass, visit hcplc.org/haalpass. To learn more about Hillsborough County Public Schools' Library Media Services, go to the school district website at sdhc.k12.fl.us and type “go library” in the search box.
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