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August 03, 2017

Hillsborough County News

MEDIA: Photo/Video/Interview Opportunity

Who Needs a Library Card? Not These 200,000+ Hillsborough Schools Students
HAAL Pass will open a world of learning and additional resources just in time for new school year

WHAT: Demonstration of HAAL Pass – 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: School students will join Hillsborough 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)

When Hillsborough County Public School 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 school 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 school 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.


Media Contact:
Michelle Van Dyke
Hillsborough County
Communications & Digital Media
Desk: (813) 272-5305
Cell: (813) 352-2962

Media Contact:
Grayson Kamm
Hillsborough County Public Schools
Office of Communications
Desk: (813) 272-4060

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