Cleveland Public Library Pledges to Provide Library Cards for All Cleveland Students

Cleveland Public Library (CPL) has partnered with the City of Cleveland and the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) to put a library card in the hands of every student in Cleveland. This partnership is part of the larger ConnectED Literacy Pledge, a joint initiative of the White House and Institute for Museum and Library Services designed to ensure every child enrolled in school can (and does) receive a library card.

“Several years ago we began sending library cards to all kindergartners in Cleveland,” said Felton Thomas, executive director of CPL. “The White House Literacy Pledge inspired us to expand our reach and work with the City of Cleveland CMSD to make it easy for children in our city to access the vast resources CPL has to offer.”

Beginning this week, distribution of ConnectED library cards will include all preschools, parochial, private, charter, and public schools in Cleveland, totaling nearly 90,000 children. Students will receive a paper card at school that must then be brought into any CPL branch for activation. Upon registering, students will receive the actual card and can begin using it immediately, including signing up for CPL’s annual summer reading club.

The new cards allow a limited number of books to be checked out at one time, and grants access to CPL’s online database collection. Overdue fines will not accrue on these cards, however, DVDs, CDs, and other audiovisual materials may not be checked out with the ConnectED card.