Anne Arundel County Library is pleased to announce that we are now offering Educator's Library Cards. The new card is a way to provide books, audiobooks, CDs and DVDS for the benefit of students who live the in the county. It allows teachers to supplement their curriculum with an abundant, ever-changing supply of books on a range of subjects and reading levels. Teachers can create temporary classroom collections as well as encourage reading in the classroom.
- Who is eligible for an Educator's Library Card?
Educators working in Anne Arundel County including:
- college professors or instructors,
- media specialist/librarians,
- licensed child care providers, homeschool parents, guardians
Anne Arundel County residents who serve students outside of the county are not eligible while educators who work in Anne Arundel County but who live in another county are eligible for a card.
- How do I get the card?
Educators can apply in person at any of our library locations. Applicants must provide a driver's license or other valid form of identification that verifies their current home address; as well as proof of current teaching assignment.
Acceptable proof includes:
Work ID with a pay stub issued in the last 60-days or letter on school letterhead, which includes the name of the teacher applying for the educator's library card, dated for the current school year and signed by the principal of the school.
College instructors must provide a contract and work ID.
Licensed daycare providers must provide a State of Maryland Child Care Certificate.
Registered home school parents/guardians are also eligible for this service and must provide current written proof of verification from the Anne Arundel County Home School Office or home school network. They must also be a resident of Anne Arundel County.
- Does the card expire?
Yes. The Educator's Library Card must be renewed at the beginning of each school year and will expire yearly on August 31 regardless of when the card was obtained the previous school year. All outstanding fines and fees must be paid on the educator's and personal library card before it will be renewed.
- Is a personal card required?
Applying educators must also have a personal Anne Arundel County library card, without any outstanding fines, in order to keep personal borrowing needs separate from the items borrowed for the classroom. Customers can apply for the personal and Educator's Library Card on the same day.
- What can I check out?
The Educator's Library Card is to be used for classroom related materials only. Entertainment DVD's, 7-day Express Material, eReaders, PlayAway Views, PlayAway Launch Pads, Londontown and Garden Family Passes, and MARINA/OCLC material cannot be checked out on an educator's card.
- How many items can be checked out and for how long?
You are allowed to check out 99 items which will circulate for 6-weeks with an Educator's Library Card. Materials may be renewed twice for additional 6-week period.
- What happens if I lose or damage an item?
All overdue materials must be returned or renewed before other materials may be checked out. Fines for overdue materials will not be charged to the, Educator's Library Card. Customers will be responsible for collection agency fees and fees associated with lost and damaged materials borrowed with this library card.