In Push for ‘Unfettered Access,’ Baltimore County Gives All Students Public Library Accounts


By Ethan McLeod, Baltimore Fishbowl

In a push to keep young minds curious and information unrestricted, Baltimore County schools and libraries have partnered up to give every public school student automatic library card privileges.

Effective today, BCPS students will be automatically permitted to check out up to five print, audio, e- or e-audio books at once, in addition to being able to access the county library system’s databases, language learning tools, online tutoring services and test prep options, among other resources.

And what’s more, they won’t have to worry about owing any money if they lose or forget an item. Students who don’t return books after 30 days could be blocked, though they’ll still be permitted access to all online resources.

A release from the library system said the initiative “realizes a shared goal of providing all students unfettered access to public library resources.”


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