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Partnership will provide students with access to county library systems

Students at Burnsville High School and Burnsville Alternative High School will have instant access to the vast resources of two county library systems — without having to worry about overdue fines — through a new collaboration that begins May 22.

dakota county library card imageBoth Dakota County and Scott County public library systems have worked with Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 to make this happen.

Learn how to use the card

“Students will benefit from access to incredible resources including online one-on-one homework help, research tools, eBooks, audiobooks, movies/TV DVDs, music CDs, electronic magazines and print books,” said Doug Johnson, director of technology for District 191. “Student cards will make public library resources a part of every student’s learning experience and leverage existing public resources to support student learning.”

The card can be used online and also in library buildings. The no-fine cards will expire when students graduate.

“Through this partnership, our students will learn about and have access to all the wonderful resources our public libraries offer for both academic and personal use,” said Johnson. “In return, the public libraries will be cultivating a new generation of library users and supporters, as well as encouraging a more informed citizenry.”

Students who will be in grades 9-12 at Burnsville High School and Burnsville Alternative High School next year will be part of the pilot project, which will expand to additional grade levels at some point. All high school students now have Chromebooks as personal learning devices, which give them the ability to maximize use of the public library’s resources.

Students will receive information about this opportunity from their language arts teachers at school. Johnson will share information with parents through an email sent via the district’s SchoolMessenger system.

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The opportunity is voluntary and students/families can opt out either by not activating their accounts or by contacting Johnson at

Posted: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 07:16