Educator Cards

Educator Cards

The Smartest Card in Your Wallet!

This special card is offered exclusively to educators in District of Columbia schools, childcare facilities, or home settings. It allows holders to supplement their curriculum with an abundant, ever-changing supply of books on a range of subjects and reading levels. 

If you need a card for the 2020-2021 academic year please contact your closest open neighborhood library or use the AskDCPL chat feature (located on the bottom right-hand corner of this page) to learn how to get a card. For educators that have existing cards, the Library has extended the expiration date for educator cards through August 2021.

Privileges associated with the educator card:

  • Check out a total of up to 100 children’s, young adult and adult books as well as audiobooks.
  • Borrow the books for nine weeks from any DC Public Library location.
  • 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 JUV and YA material.

Here’s how it works:

  • Fill out an application.
  • Classroom and daycare professionals: present proof of employment by a D.C. educational facility--a letter from the principal, office administrator, school library media specialist, or pay stub.
  • Homeschooling parents: provide a verification letter from the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE).
  • Renew the card annually. Card is valid from Aug. 1 - July 31. All educator cards expire on July 31.

To ensure the availability of popular books for all users:

  • All materials -- except DVDs -- may be checked out on this card.
  • There will be no renewals.
  • Cards will be blocked until overdue books are returned.
  • Only one copy of a title may be checked out.
  • The librarian may need to limit the number of titles checked out on a particular subject.
  • Damaged or lost materials should be reported to the librarian. Educators will need pay for lost or damaged items.

It is our hope that this service will enable all of the children and teens of Washington, D.C., to experience the pleasure and information associated with access to wonderful books.

Questions? Visit our Educator Card FAQ page.