What resources are available to my child with a smart card?

HelpNow – your child can get free homework help from a live tutor everyday, from 1:00 – 10:00 pm.

California Missions – your child can find out all about any mission using this digital resource from Follett Shelf.

What if my child already has a library card?

The smart card does not replace your child’s physical library card, which allows for a total check-out of 25 books.  Since these are two different cards, there is no conflict.  Either card will allow your child access to physical materials and online resources, but the smart card will allow your child to use his or her Student ID# as a library card number.  The PIN for the physical card is normally the last four digits of the phone number, but the smart card will us the last four digits of the Student ID# as a PIN

What happens if my child borrows books or other materials and loses or forgets to return them?

There are no overdue fines on juvenile materials, but a lost item will be billed at replacement cost.  The card will limit your child to only two print items at one time, reducing the likelihood that a child will accrue large outstanding fees for lost items. Lost item fees will not affect your child’s ability to access e-books, e-resources, and databases. If the books are returned, there are no fees or fines.

When does the smart card expire?

The smart card will expire when your child graduates from high school.

What can my child do with the smart card?

Your child can check-out digital resources and two books.  No movies or CDs can be checked out with the smart card. If you want your child to have access to more than two books, movies, or CDs, please visit a branch of the Salinas Public Library to get them a full-service card, requiring parent consent and signature.

What if I don’t want my child to have a smart card?

You can opt-out of the program with this Opt-Out Form in English or Spanish.  Just complete the bottom and return to your child’s school.

What information does the school share to get my child a smart card?

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) allows only directory information to be shared. This includes only the student’s name, address, telephone, date of birth, and school name. Your child’s school will not have access to your child’s library record. Your child’s library record is fully confidential as required by state law.

My child has a library card. How is the smart card different?

This card is a virtual card for students that uses their Student ID number to facilitate access through the school portal or from home. No physical card will exist.