What Is Libraries 360?
It all began with a goal to fulfill a need to improve student and teacher access to the library’s resources and materials. Simply put, it’s a deepening of the collaboration between schools and the public library that leverages public library resources and materials to better meet student and teacher needs. Our vision is to provide La Porte County students with equal opportunity in education to achieve overall academic success.
It’s simple, libraries = education. Students access materials and resources for self-directed education utilizing our large and diverse collections. Library instructors provide high-quality research assistance and instruction that includes classes, seminars, and workshops conducted throughout area schools.
Since 2013, library administration has been in discussion with school administration, school librarians, and teachers to determine a new service model of school/library collaboration. The outcome of this preparation is seven principal points of collaboration where libraries and schools can partner to better leverage our collective resources.
How do Students Log into their Accounts?
- Go to libraries360.org and click on the Elementary Catalog or Jr. and Sr. High Catalog.
- Click the Login link in the upper right corner of the screen.
- Username: The number (barcode) on the back of the student’s L360 card
- Password: Student ID number (or teacher ID number)
- If the Student ID number (or Teacher ID number) is greater than 8 characters, the password is the first 8 characters of the number; OR
- When the ID is 8 characters or less, it is exactly that Student ID number (or Teacher ID number).
- Students and teachers should not change the password. It will not save in the system. You will need this information to log back into the account, check out eBooks, and access other eResources.
- The Libraries 360 card will be used from school year to school year.
What Can an Elementary, Middle or High School Student do with their Card?
- Borrow books, magazines, video games, audiobooks, CDs, and DVDs from LPCPL’s youth collections.
- Request library materials and pick them up at any LPCPL location.
- Borrow eBooks and eAudiobooks from Libby.
- Students may not borrow Hot Pick items or InterLibrary Loan items using Libraries 360 cards.
- Students have 24/7 accessibility to online research tools.
- Libraries 360 accounts are overdue fine exempt, meaning students won’t be charged if items are returned late. Students are responsible for returning items in good condition.
What if my student lost their Card?
You can get a get a no charge replacement library card at any of our seven library locations.
Library Card Registration for All Students
The primary goal is to make the library’s subscription databases, electronic content, and print resources available to students, both in school and at home. 24/7 accessibility of online resources expands learning opportunities for students beyond the standard school day. This process is simplified by the development of the school/library agreement for Shared Library Services which complies with the Family Educational Privacy and Rights Act (FERPA).
Educator Cards for School Staff
Libraries 360 Educator Cards give teachers and school staff access to our library’s suite of online research tools, curriculum kits, and full collection of print materials. If your school is not already in a Libraries 360 shared services agreement and you are an educator, you may obtain a card by applying in person at any location. Your Educator Card allows you to have extended loan periods, request materials, and are overdue fine exempt.
Combining the public library and school materials, database subscriptions, and ILS services streamlines the taxpayers’ costs and increases efficiency while greatly improving student access to resources.
Our qualified library educators offer diverse standards-based classes in social studies, science, and language arts. In these classes the students may have opportunities to participate in hands-on technology, handle actual artifacts, and learn the area’s local history, all while meeting the curriculum requirements.
Wireless Access at Public Libraries
With access to wireless internet a concern for some students, the public library is a perfect solution. There are no fees charged for wireless access. Students over the age of 14 can use study rooms for group projects.
All La Porte County Public Library educators are fully trained with Chromebooks and iPads in order to demonstrate our online services to our customers. We work with school IT staff to ensure that we are current with what teachers and students are using in their classrooms.
Library educators will conduct general in-services and workshops for school staff to demonstrate our eBook access, electronic resources, and provide professional development opportunities.