Beginning August 4, 2017

What is a HAAL Pass?

In addition to the great resources Hillsborough County Public Schools students receive from their school media centers, the HAAL Pass program will enable them to use their student ID number as a public library card to access online databases and research tools, read eBooks, and borrow up to 3 physical items from any public library branch with NO overdue fines or lost book fees. Family Information Letter

How does it work?

  • All Hillsborough County Public Schools students will automatically be enrolled in this program.
  • Students will simply use their student ID number and a default PIN. No physical library card is issued.
  • The HAAL Pass is not associated with any other card or account.
  • Students may still have a standard public library card in addition to their HAAL Pass.
  • To use Internet computers, students must first complete Netsmartz safety training.

What can students do with a HAAL Pass?

  • Borrow up to 3 books, audiobooks, magazines, DVDs and more.
  • Get live homework help from Tutor.com.
  • Take practice tests using Learning Express Library.
  • Download e-books and audiobooks.
  • Get articles from newspapers, magazines and reference books.
  • Use public library computers to type papers and create presentations.

Visit the library's Kids and Teens pages and the schools' Virtual Libraries to explore the resources available.

Why?

Pew Research Center found that 85% of Americans want their libraries to work more closely with local schools. About half of low-income children have few, if any, books in their home. We believe that a love of reading and learning is vital to student success and that equity within our community can be built through open access to information.

Note for Parents

Parents may opt their child out of HAAL Pass with this opt-out form which you can print out, sign and return to your nearest public library branch. Students who are opted out will not be able to access public library resources in the classroom unless they have a standard Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative card and know the full card number and PIN.