VBCPS - Charting the Course And The City of Virginia Beach
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Erica Yelland
Date: 05/14/19 Phone: 757.263.1017
News Release No. 051 Fax: 757.263.1010
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Libraries and Schools Partner to Increase Student Access to Library Resources
All 67,000 Public School Students to Receive Public Library Accounts

Virginia Beach Public Library (VBPL) and Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) have long partnered to ensure that Virginia Beach children have high quality educational opportunities and resources in the classroom and beyond. Now the two organizations are working together to ensure that all 67,000 public school students in grades K - 12 have automatic access to VBPL's digital resources. Beginning May 1, 2019, VBCPS student ID numbers will double as VBPL account numbers, providing immediate, anytime access to powerful online research tools, e-books, digital magazines and more.

"We are pleased to continue partnering with Virginia Beach City Public Schools in order to provide our youngest residents with around-the-clock access to Virginia Beach Public Library's valuable digital resources," said Mayor Robert M. "Bobby" Dyer. "Such partnerships illustrate how Virginia Beach is a 'City of Yes' in support of student success."

"I am excited to be partnering with Virginia Beach Public Library to ensure each and every one of our 67,000 students have access to such important resources," said VBCPS Superintendent Dr. Aaron Spence. "Our goal is to have every student reading at or above grade-level, and what better way to improve literacy than with 24/7 access to reading materials and digital learning resources."

VBCPS Student Account details:

  • No physical library card is issued.
  • Students access their public library accounts using their unique VBCPS Student ID number with the prefix "S." Password is student's date of birth in MMDD format.
  • Student accounts include public computer access at all VBPL locations except for the TCC/City Joint-Use Library.
  • Data will be updated nightly to add new students; accounts expire 30 days after students graduate or leave the VBCPS district.
  • Access to VBPL resources Hoopla and Newsbank are not included in VBCPS student accounts.
  • Students may also hold a VBPL youth card (with parent signature) or teen card for full digital access and to check out physical items from the library.
  • Parents may opt their children out of the VBCPS student public library account by contacting VBCPS' Coordinator of Library Media Services: Kelly.Miller@VBSchools.com or (757) 263-6850.

For more details about the VBCPS public library accounts, visit www.VBgov.com/library-VBCPS.

Additional Background
VBCPS and VBPL frequently partner to maximize opportunities and resources for Virginia Beach children. Collaborations include VBPL's annual Summer Reading Challenge, Fifth Grade Battle of the Books, and VBPL staff visits to Title I and other schools in order to bring library programs and activities to reach students who might not otherwise be able to visit the library. The partnership between VBPL and VBCPS to provide students with public library accounts stems from the Urban Libraries Council's "Leaders Library Card Challenge," a national effort to ensure that every child enrolled in school has access to the valuable learning resources available at public libraries.

About Virginia Beach Public Library
Virginia Beach Public Library includes a central library, a joint-use library in partnership with Tidewater Community College, seven area libraries and a public law library. Services include workforce development and job-search support, small business resources, computer and technology classes, early literacy classes and outreach, and local history archives and programs. In addition to books, music, magazines and movies in tangible and digital formats, the library provides online research tools accessible from home or work, and a variety of specialty collections. Visit www.VBgov.com/libraries for more information.

Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) is a fully-accredited school division, consisting of 55 elementary schools, 15 middle schools, 12 high schools and a number of secondary/post-secondary specialty centers. With nearly 67,000 students and more than 10,000 employees, VBCPS is a diverse community that continues to outperform school divisions across the nation on key academic indicators. Visit www.VBSchools.com for more information.


Department of Media and Communications, vbcpsweb@vbschools.com

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