District and library partner in new online-only student library card

unnamed-5Timberland Regional Library (TRL) and the Olympia School District (OSD) have formed a partnership to bring students access to a wider range and depth of information via the library’s vast electronic services collection.

Both organizations met for several months last spring to determine the feasibility of offering TRL materials to K-12 OSD students. From those meetings, the concept of an online-only Timberland library card was born and named “MyTRL.”

The MyTRL program, which launches September 21, provides students in elementary, middle and high schools access to the public library’s large and updated collection of research resources, eBooks, digital magazines, downloadable music, videos, and kids and teen homework help. While the first partnership of its kind for TRL, it is patterned after other similar library/school district partnerships statewide.

“We appreciate our partnership with the Timberland Regional Library system,” said Olympia School District Superintendent Dick Cvitanich. “Students will be able to access information and do research through the use of extensive library databases that we could not possibly duplicate in our schools. This opens up so much more information for students as they complete projects and assignments.”

TRL Library Director Cheryl Heywood said, “This partnership is student-centered, focused 100 percent on bringing a deeper and more diverse range of educational resources into the hands of students. It’s a model that could serve students at school districts across the library’s five-county service area.”

MyTRL allows for students to view and check out electronic library resources that are automatically returned, so no fines incur. Students can also upgrade their online-only library card to a regular library card with the parent’s permission and verification of the address and contact information.

Students who already have a regular TRL card may have it merged with their new MyTRL card at any TRL location. Parents may choose to opt out of the MyTRL program before it launches September 21 or anytime thereafter via the district’s Skyward Family Access portal or in person at their child’s school.