Bellingham Public Library is working on a new partnership with the Bellingham Public Schools known as ConnectED, which gives students access to great educational resources and learning materials in our libraries and on the internet.
Through the partnership, student ID numbers are used as Bellingham Public Library accounts, allowing students to:
Borrow two physical items at a time, such as books, CDs or DVDs, from any public library location
Borrow five digital eBooks or eAudiobooks at a time
Borrow digital magazines
Incur no overdue fines for items classified for children and teens or on digital materials — same as regular accounts
Use computers with internet access at any public library location
Access other educational resources, such as online research and study support, using the internet from school or home
This is in addition to, and separate from, a standard library card and account that a student may already have.
How will this help my student with school?
Digital content helps with reports and projects, including:
CultureGrams: A geography resource to help students learn about different countries, states, and provinces and experience the culture of those places.
ELibrary: A collection of digital content specifically for elementary and middle school students. Includes images, maps, newspaper and magazine articles and more.
Mango Languages: Learn 70+ languages, including courses for ESL learners. Lessons contain reading, writing and listening components.
SIRS Discoverer: Collection of resources specifically designed for elementary and middle school students for understanding the pros & cons of issues, current events, and more. Also includes a Science Fair Explorer.
Encourage reading, with:
eBooks: Thousands of titles for every reading level with a wide range of topics and genres.
Prepare for standardized tests and career exams, including:
Skills improvement for grade 4-12 in the areas of math, reading, history and social studies
PSAT, SAT & ACT
Career exams such as Cosmetology, Real Estate and Law Enforcement
I received an opt-out letter related to ConnectED. What is that?
ConnectED is an opt-out program, meaning all students will be automatically enrolled unless a parent/guardian contacts their child’s school librarian to opt-out. Note: many schools now consider a public library card an essential “school supply” and some teachers may be asking students to use ConnectED digital resources for assignments. If you are considering whether to opt your student out, please contact your school librarian or Bellingham Public Library with your concerns.
What if my student already has a public library card?
Your student can have both a regular library account and a student account. Both will enable access to eBooks and digital resources. The ConnectED account does limit students to checking out only two physical items at a time, so students may wish to use a standard account if they want to check out more than that.
I'm concerned about my student getting overdue fines.
Your child will not receive any overdue fines for physical items classified for children and teens. Electronic/digital checkouts expire after their checkout time has passed, so they do not accrue fines.
Will the student accounts work during the summer when school is out?
Yes! Student accounts will remain active during the summer.
How can my student check out more than two physical items at a time?
Please visit your local public library with your student and apply for a regular library account. Borrowing limits are much higher than two at a time!
What if a student no longer attends a ConnectED school?
If your student is attending another school district, their student ID will no longer work as a library account. If you still live in Whatcom County, you are welcome to sign up for a standard library card and account.
What happens after a student graduates?
The student’s ConnectED account will remain active until the start of the new school year. We encourage graduating seniors to get a standard library card and account.
What if a student tries to sign in to library services and the ID doesn't work?
If a student has difficulty signing in, give us a call and a staff member will troubleshoot. Or, send us an email and a staff member will contact you to troubleshoot the account and get it working.
What if my student was opted out and would like to opt back in?
Fantastic! Please contact your school librarian and they can facilitate that process.
I'm concerned about safety on the internet using library resources. How will my child stay safe and appropriate?
District-issued laptops have an internet filter, even when students access wifi at the library, or any non-school access point. The public library internet stations do not have internet filtering.
Who can I contact if I have further questions?
Please chat with your school librarian or use our Ask Us! form to email your questions or feedback. We are happy to hear from you!