As part of A+ Partners in Education, Howard County Library System offers an A+ Educator library card. This card gives teachers, faculty members, and home school instructors special borrowing privileges for materials used in preparing lessons or in assisting students with assignments. All preschool, K-12 public, private school educators and post-secondary faculty members who teach in Howard County, as well as Howard County homeschool parents and guardians, are eligible for this card.
With this card, educators may borrow up to 120 items at one time, keep materials as long as six weeks (42 days), and renew eligible materials once. Educators may borrow all library materials except artwork, children’s launchpads, Chromebooks and hotspots, fiction DVDs, DIY items, interlibrary loan materials, and STEM activity kits.
Overdue fines are not charged for items checked out on an A+ Educator library card. Educators are responsible for replacement costs and processing fees for lost materials.
All A+ Educator cards expire on July 15 and can be renewed at any time during the summer by showing school identification.
Apply for the A+ Educator library cards at any branch or online.
How to obtain an A+ Educator Card
- Public school teachers need to show their school identification and one additional form of positive identification with their home address.
- Preschool, private school, and childcare teachers need to show their school identification. If they do not have an ID card, they can bring a piece of letterhead stationery, a check stub, or a postmarked envelope with the school’s name. Teachers do not need to live in Howard County.
- Homeschool parents and guardians must show proof of Howard County residence (personal Howard County Library System card or driver’s license) and proof they are homeschooling in Howard County in compliance with application regulations (Assurance of Consent Form filed with the Howard County Board of Education or Proof of Enrollment in a nonpublic entity registered with the Maryland Department of Education to supervise home instruction).
- Post-secondary faculty members need to show their school identification and one additional form of positive identification with their home address.
NOTE: Educators are encouraged to use the A+ Educator library card in addition to their personal cards. Use the educator card for school-related materials; use personal cards to check out items for personal reading, listening, and viewing.
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