Greater Albany Public Schools and the Albany Public Library have partnered to make sure that every GAPS student has a public library card!
As of October 1, 2016, every student enrolled in GAPS and attending a brick-and-mortar school is eligible to take advantage of this partnership, regardless of home address; students will be able to simply use their GAPS student identification card as their public library card.
Parents must sign a one-time-only opt-in form if they would like their student(s) to be able to participate. Be sure to sign the form included in your student’s registration packet for the 2016-17 school year. You do not need to renew the form annually; the permission will remain in place until either 1) you contact your child’s school office and withdraw your permission, or 2) your child leaves the Greater Albany Public School system, either by graduating or moving. Please allow up to two weeks after submitting your form for your account to be activated.
This partnership will
- Provide access to print materials after school hours and during school vacations;
- Provide internet access outside of school for students who may not have access at home;
- Expand student access to online materials, either from school or from home, to include resources available both from GAPS and from APL (see school-level resources pages or the APL website for specific examples);
- Simplify and streamline the school-library connection by allowing students to use a single card for both.
GAPS and Albany Public Library are excited about teaming up to bring students in the Albany community greater access to more resources!
Didn’t get an opt-in form? You can find it here.
Resources available through the GAPS / Albany Public Library Partnership can be accessed here.