All students in the Cedar Rapids Community School District (CRCSD) now have a library card at their fingertips in the form of their Student ID. The Cedar Rapids Public Library has collaborated with CRCSD to turn Student ID numbers into Library Cards as of the beginning of the school year.
“This collaboration brings public library access directly to students during this very challenging school year when they need more support than ever,” said Dara Schmidt, Cedar Rapids Public Library Director. “It reduces the barriers to access for thousands of students in the District in a way that is safe and contact-free.”
Students will use their student ID number and a special six digit prefix of 1000301 as their library card number. The last four digits of their Student ID acts as a pin. No physical card is necessary. If a student already has an active library card, they can continue to use it. Anyone wishing to remove this account can call the Library and staff will assist them.
“Our school district is pleased to partner with the Cedar Rapids Public Library on the library card access initiative,” said Nicole Kooiker, CRCSD Deputy Superintendent. “This effort, combined with the Library providing essential internet hub facilities, displays supportive community action during a challenging school year.”
Students can visit CRLibrary.org/student-resources for tools and resources to assist them with homework as well as keep them entertained. Resources continue to be added regularly.
The Cedar Rapids Public Library is a fine free library and digital materials return automatically upon their due dates. A library card provides instant access to thousands of physical and digital materials, research tools, reference databases, and streaming movies and music.