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Educator Cards

What is an Educator Card?

The Educator Card provides support for educators so that they may borrow library materials for use in classrooms and educational settings.

Educator Cards allow an extended check out period of 42 days for most materials and do not incur overdue fines (DVDs, Interlibrary Loans and NOLS Gear can be checked out for standard loan periods). Materials checked out to an educator card cannot be renewed and charges for lost and damaged items still apply.

Getting an Educator Library Card

Educator cards can be issued to patrons who:

  • Have a personal full service card in good standing (no fines over the blocking limit)
  • Have a photo ID that matches their full service card
  • Have proof of employment at a daycare, public or private school, or of being a homeschool provider. This can be established with one of the following:
  • School or childcare identification
  • School or childcare pay stub; if in-home childcare, patron may provide a business license
  • Letter on school or childcare letterhead from the school administrator or childcare director
  • A copy of the homeschool provider’s Declaration of Intent as submitted to a local school district as required annually by the State of Washington

Educator Cards can be renewed annually beginning August 1st and expire September 1st the following year. To renew, the educator must meet the requirements listed above. Educator Cards will not be eligible for renewal if there are fines over the blocking limit on either the personal or educator card account.

At the discretion of the NOLS Director or designee, use of an Educator Card for personal use may result in suspension of eligibility for an Educator Card for up to one year.

What the Library Offers Educators

  • Books, music, movies, audiobooks, e-readers, newspapers
  • Magazine and e-book checkout
  • Collaborative programs and events
  • Book suggestions for readers of all ages
  • Outreach programs and class visits for daycare centers, Head Start programs and school groups
  • Research assistance and trainings
  • Educator Cards to assist educators in checking out library materials for class use
  • Assistance in getting library cards for students
  • Teacher kits are now available for checkout.
    Each kit contains an assortment of books and materials supporting specific curriculum topics such as "The Human Body", "Wordless Picture Books", and more. Kits also contain an insert sheet containing lesson and activity ideas, web links to standards-based instructional support, and much more. Look for permanent links in the dashboard on the Kid’s page.

Getting Library Cards for Students

Educators can help their students get limited service cards for class visits and school projects requiring access to online library services. Educators interested in taking advantage of the program should speak to library staff about getting Class Visit Applications.

For more information, contact your local library or email .