Your Library Supports Educators
DC Public Library welcomes class visits by appointment. Please contact your local neighborhood library or the Youth Services Department at MLK to schedule.
Special Services for Educators
Library staff can:
- Gather materials and identify online resources for any subject and reading level.
- Facilitate library card sign-ups for students and educator card sign ups.
- Visit your classroom or schedule your class to visit us. Topics may include:
- Story Time or Book Talks
- Hands on activities, including STEAM topics
- Choosing research books
- How to evaluate sources
- Avoiding plagiarism
Online Resources for lesson planning and students
DC Public Library has a vast collection of print and online resources aligned with Common Core standards to support instruction. For a full listing visit the Research tab at the top of this page.
For 3- to 5-year-olds
- For children learning to read, check out BookFlix, online video storybooks that help children prepare to read. Spanish titles are also available.
- Recommended book lists by grade level. Every book is available at the DC Public Library.
For first – fifth grades
Teach kids the joy of reading with Tumble Books, animated, talking picture books available in story books, chapter books/read a-longs and nonfiction titles.
FreedomFlix brings American History alive for grades 4 and older.
TrueFlix explores true facts about people, places, history, science and nature for grades 3-6.
- Start the book selection process by browsing reading lists made just for your students. For more specialized guides related to children's and teen's literature, check out our Research Guides on a range of topics such as graphic novels, YA fantasy fiction and juvenile historical fiction.
For sixth – 12th grades
- Several of our online resources include embedded lesson plans and are aligned with common core standards, including Global Issues in Context, Student Resources in Context and Learning Express Library (available in Spanish also).
- Library databases offer assistance with student research papers and school projects. Find newspaper and magazine articles as well as Associated Press Images and the National Geographic Virtual Library.
- Learning Express Library and Testing and Education Reference Center allow your students to take practice tests for elementary and high school standardized tests, AP exams and for college entrance exams such as ACT and SAT.
- Learn a new language.
- Live homework help. The library has a real-time online tutoring service available for children to help with all subjects and writing. Tutors can provide homework help in both English and Spanish.
Enhanced Borrowing Privileges - Educator Cards
Educators in District of Columbia schools, childcare facilities or home settings can supplement their curriculum with an abundant, ever-changing supply of books and audiobooks on a range of subjects and reading levels.
With an Educator Card, you can:
- Check out a total of up to 100 materials of any time except DVDs.
- Borrow the materials for nine weeks.
- Visit the library to select materials, place electronic reserves or contact the librarian to gather items (3 to 5 days in advance).
- Enjoy the benefits of borrowing without overdue fines for children's and YA material.
DC public and charter school students' DC One Card is automatically registered as a library card.