Educator Card FAQ

Educator Card FAQ

What is an educator card?
This special card enables educators in the District of Columbia’s schools, childcare facilities or home settings to borrow children’s, young adult and adult books for a nine-week period from any DC Public Library location.

How does an educator get a card?
Educators who wish to use this service must present proof that they are currently employed by a D.C. educational facility (a letter from the principal, office administrator, school library media specialist on school stationary or paystub). Homeschooling parents should provide a current verification letter from the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE). Educators will then fill out the educator application form. 

Does the card allow educators to check material out of the adult collection?
Yes.

What type of material can be borrowed on the card?
Children’s, young adult and adult books as well as audiobooks can be checked out on this card. Reference books and DVDs may not circulate on this card.

What happens if the materials are overdue?
As with a traditional library card, overdue items will limit a card holder’s ability to check out other materials until the overdue items have been returned. If a card holder believes he/she has returned the items, he/she should speak to the staff. If the card holder acknowledges that she/he still has the material, he/she will need to resolve this matter before checking any additional material out.

What happens if materials are lost?
Damaged or lost materials should be reported to a librarian. Educators will need to replace or pay for damaged or lost material. Educator's card privileges may be suspended or blocked for any apparent abuses.

How many books can an educator check out at one time?
Generally an educator may check out up to 100 items for classroom use only. However, the librarian has the right to limit the number of copies of one single subject that the educator may check out.  This is to ensure there are still sufficient books left on the shelf for young customers to check-out on the topic as well.

How does an educator request materials?
An educator may place an electronic hold (reserve), visit the library to select materials or contact the librarian to gather the materials (3 to 5 days in advance).

Can materials checked out on the educator card be renewed?
Materials on an educator card cannot be renewed.