Student Cards

Student Library Card

The Alachua County Library District and the School Board of Alachua County are partnering to improve access to educational and recreational materials by providing every student with a free Alachua County Library District Student Library Card, which can be used to:

  • Check out 3 print books or audio books owned by the Alachua County Library District at a time
  • Borrow eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMusic, and eMagazines from
  • Access eSources such as, LearningExpress, and WorldBook online
  • Sign in to computer internet stations at any of the 12 public library locations or bookmobiles

How does my child get a Student Library Card?

During the first few weeks of school, parents and guardians will receive a form that allows them to opt out of the program.  To get your student a student library card, you just do nothing when the form goes home. For our friends that don’t attend an Alachua County Public School, please know that this is our pilot year and we will be investigating partnerships with other interested schools for future upcoming school years. 

Students that already have a library card with Alachua County Library District are still eligible to receive the Student Library Card. Here are just a few benefits:

  • Research tells us that children who have library cards and use the library perform better in school.
  • Public library staff help students learn how to perform age-appropriate Internet searches, online tutoring, and utilize Web-based eSources for homework help using free, public-access computers
  • A library card is the most important school supply of all

The Alachua County Library District does not charge overdue fines for materials, but we do require that materials be returned. Your student may receive notices from the Alachua County Library District on a quarterly basis if they have unreturned items on their library card.