Your Library Supports Educators

Your Library Supports Educators

Discover an array of services and resources for educators

DC Public Library has an array of special services, online and print resources and enhanced borrowing privileges for educators.

Educator Cards | Class Visits | Special Services | Online Resources | LearnZillion for DC Public Library | HelpNow

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 up to 100 items of any kind except DVDs.
    • Borrow the materials for nine weeks.
    • Visit the library to select materials, place electronic reservations 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.

For more information and card application, visit our Educator Card page. Download an application for educator cards. 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.

Class Visits

DC Public Library welcomes class visits by appointment. Please contact your neighborhood library 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. Visit LearnZillion for DC Public Library to find classroom ready curriculum modules that align with DC Public Schools content standards, and incorporate artifacts from local archival collections.

For 3- to 5-Year-Olds

  • Help children build their home library by signing them up for the Books from Birth program. Informational fliers and registration forms are available in both English and Spanish.
  • 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.
  • Connect students with an HelpNow, an all-in-one suite of tutoring services designed for a wide range of academic needs for students from Kindergarten through 12th Grade. Access to HelpNow is made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.


For First - Fifth Grades


For Sixth - 12th Grades

DC public and charter school students' DC One Card is automatically registered as a library card