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.
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.
Parents must opt-in via Online Registration if they would like their student(s) to be able to participate. 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.
If you did not opt your student in via Online Registration, but would like to do so now, you will need to fill out a paper form and submit it to the school office. You can find it here. Please allow up to a week after submitting your form for your account to be activated.
GAPS and Albany Public Library are excited about teaming up to bring students in the Albany community greater access to more resources!
Resources available through the GAPS / Albany Public Library Partnership can be accessed here.