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CLASS Project

Connecting Libraries and Schools for Success!

CLASS Project

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CLASS Project, or “Connecting Libraries and Schools for Success,” uses students' school identification numbers (lunch numbers) and school staff UID  numbers instead of separate library cards. With their CLASS Project account, students and school staff can: 

  • Access NHCPL research databases 24/7 anywhere you have an internet connection and your student/school ID number

  • Borrow digital materials such as e-books, e-audiobooks, and e-magazines 

  • Borrow up to 2 print books, or audiobooks, or magazines at a time (no DVDs or music CDs) - Login to renew books using your student/staff ID number and PIN (the last 4 digits of that number)

  • There are no overdue fines or fees for CLASS Project accounts. 

 

The information above pertains to students and staff of NHCS, but the library is open to a similar partnership with any charter, or private school in New Hanover County.

Students in participating schools are automatically enrolled in this program. Your child’s student ID number is now a “virtual library card number” which can be used to access public library materials and services.   Just type in the student ID number any time you’re asked for a library card number.  A few NHCPL services require a PIN in addition to a card number; the default PIN is the last 4 digits of the student ID number.

If you do not want your child to have access to public library resources, you may opt out. Click the link below for an opt-out form, which you can print out, sign, and return to any library branch.  Be aware that students who opt out of CLASS Project will not be able to participate in classroom use of library resources unless they have a New Hanover County Public Library card and know the full card number and PIN. 

 

Here are some important things for parents to know:

  • CLASS Project allows students to borrow e-books and access library databases and digital resources just like any other New Hanover County Public Library card.  
  • Students can also borrow up to 2 print books, audiobooks or magazines at a time (no DVDs or music CDs). 
  • There are no fines or fees for CLASS Project accounts. 
  • Students will automatically be enrolled in this program and be able to use their school ID number to access library services. The default PIN is the last 4 digits of the student ID number.
  • If you opted out of having your child’s directory information shared at the beginning of the school year, then your child will not be automatically enrolled. If you want your child to have access to public library resources, visit any of the four public library branches in person with two forms of ID to obtain a traditional NHC Public Library card.
  • If you do not want your child to have access to library materials, you may opt out of CLASS Project. Visit CLASS.NHCLibrary.org for an opt-out form, which you can print, sign, and return to any library branch. Teachers do plan to use public library resources in the classroom, and students who are opted out of CLASS Project will not be able to participate unless they have a traditional New Hanover County Public Library card and know the full card number and PIN.
  • Parents are encouraged to visit the public library to obtain traditional library cards for additional check-out privileges. Students may continue to use their traditional public library card in addition to their CLASS Project Student ID number account. 

 

 

Optional: Print the template below to write in name and student ID number for any student who needs help remembering their number.

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Connecting Libraries and Schools for Success!

 

When libraries and schools work together, everyone wins. 

In 2016 New Hanover County Schools and the New Hanover County Public Library began plans for a project to enhance students’ access to information and educational resources by authorizing the use of NHCS student ID numbers to connect with NHCPL materials. The project launched on December 1, 2017. These efforts are part of an ongoing commitment by New Hanover County Government and New Hanover County Schools to benefit the community by increasing literacy and educational success. Use the link at the bottom of the page to download the letter that was sent home to parents. 

Why CLASS Project? Pew Research Center found that 85% of Americans want their libraries to work more closely with local schools to provide resources.  

About half of low-income children have few, if any, books in their homes.  Via CLASS Project, students gain the ability to check out books to take home for school work and to read for pleasure. 

Similar projects such as ONE Access™ in Charlotte, NC, and Limitless Libraries in Nashville, TN, have demonstrated the potential for this type of partnership.

Request CLASS Project New Hanover County Public Library is open to a similar partnership with any charter, private, or parochial school in New Hanover County. A request for this type of partnership would need to come from school leadership since it will involve the adoption of a Memo of Understanding between the two organizations that spells out the responsibilities of each partner organization. The MOU must include specific language about data and resource sharing, privacy, and other considerations. 

If you are a school principal or superintendent and would like to offer your students the benefits that come with a CLASS Project partnership with New Hanover County Public Library, please contact us. 

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