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Partnership with public libraries expands to middle schools

Dakota County library card imageMiddle school students in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 will have instant access to the vast resources of two county library systems — without having to worry about overdue fines — through a collaboration that expands on Feb. 12.

Both Dakota County and Scott County public library systems worked with District 191 to provide fine-free cards to students in grades 9-12 at Burnsville High School and Burnsville Alternative High School, beginning last May. The project has been going well so it will expand to students in grades 6, 7 and 8 at Eagle Ridge, Metcalf and Nicollet Middle Schools on Feb. 12.

“Students will benefit from access to incredible library resources including online one-on-one homework help, research tools, e-books, 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 from high school.

“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 more informed citizens.”

All students in grades 6-12 have Chromebooks as personal learning devices, which means they can easily make use of the public library’s resources. "We hope this encourages students to read, research and explore their interests all year round," said Johnson. "I'm excited about the ways this will benefit our students."

The opportunity is voluntary. If students/families prefer to opt out, they can either not activate their accounts or send an email to For more information, contact

Posted: Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 12:10