Resources for Educators: Student Library Cards

Supplemental resources for teachers, parents, and other caregivers

How to Use Your APL Student Library Card

 

 

 

 

 

How to use your student library cards

1. Visit the Austin Public Library website, library.austintexas.gov. Click the red "Log In/My APL" in the upper right hand corner of the page.

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2. Select "Log In/Register"

3. Enter your Library card number as the username. Don't know your card number? Contact Customer Service at 512-974-7475 or email circ.link@austintexas.gov.

4. Enter your default password assigned to your school district. You may change your password at any time in "My Settings."

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5. Log in using your library card number and password, then select a username. You're ready to use the Library!

 

Important things to know about using your card

  • Borrowed items are due back in three weeks, but can be renewed up to five times, if eligible. (eBooks return themselves automatically.)
  • Return items to any Austin Public Library location.
  • Children's and Teen's items have no overdue fines, but adult items accrue $.25 per item, per day.
  • If an item is lost or damaged, the account is charged the cost to replace the item.
  • If your card is lost or stolen, please call 512-974-7475 or email circ.link@austintexas.gov.

For more information, visit the library's COVID-19 Resources Page.

 

Austin ISD

Welcome! Austin Public Library's AISD student card is free and available to all Austin Independent School District students, including current cardholders, regardless of outstanding fines.

During online school registration, students or their parents/guardians were given the opportunity to OPT IN for an Austin Public Library student card. This card opens the door to more than 2.1 million library items offered through Austin Public Library's 22 locations and virtual library.

For students who have an APL Student Card account:  Our Customer Service Team will send the APL Student Card Number (user ID) and password (PIN) via the email address that is on file in the student's account.

For newly enrolled students: We will create new Student Card accounts from the electronic student file sent to us monthly.  Then, the Student Card Number and PIN will be sent via the email address that is on the file in the student's account. The physical cards will be delivered to schools during the school year.

 For lost cards or no email: The parent should contact APL's Customer Service Team at 512-974-7475, or email circ.link@austintexas.gov.

Del Valle ISD

Welcome! Austin Public Library's DVISD student card is free and available to all Del Valle Independent School District students, including current cardholders, regardless of outstanding fines.

All Del Valle ISD students registered for the 2021-2022 school year will be registered for a Student Library Card. Registrants must OPT OUT at the time of registration in order to not be registered for a Student Library Card. This card opens the door to more than 2.1 million library items offered through Austin Public Library's 22 locations and virtual library.

For students who have an APL Student Card account:  Our Customer Service Team will send the APL Student Card Number (user ID) and password (PIN) via the email address that is on file in the student's account.

For newly enrolled students: We will create new Student Card accounts from the electronic student file sent to us monthly.  Then, the Student Card Number and PIN will be sent via the email address that is on the file in the student's account. The physical cards will be delivered to schools during the school year.

 For lost cards or no email: The parent should contact APL's Customer Service Team at 512-974-7475, or email circ.link@austintexas.gov.

Austin Achieve Public Charter School

Welcome! Austin Public Library's Austin Achieve student card is free and available to all Austin Achieve Public Charter School students, including current cardholders, regardless of outstanding fines.

All Austin Achieve students registered for the 2021-2022 school year will be registered for a Student Library Card. Registrants must OPT OUT at the time of registration in order to not be registered for a Student Library Card. This card opens the door to more than 2.1 million library items offered through Austin Public Library's 22 locations and virtual library.

For students who have an APL Student Card account:  Our Customer Service Team will send the APL Student Card Number (user ID) and password (PIN) via the email address that is on file in the student's account.

For newly enrolled students: We will create new Student Card accounts from the electronic student file sent to us monthly.  Then, the Student Card Number and PIN will be sent via the email address that is on the file in the student's account. The physical cards will be delivered to schools during the school year.

 For lost cards or no email: The parent should contact APL's Customer Service Team at 512-974-7475, or email circ.link@austintexas.gov.

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How To: Elementary

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How To: Middle & High School

Find the one book you need (instead of 9,000 you don't)

Study Hacks: Advanced Searching from Austin Public Library on Vimeo.

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  1. Advanced Searching: Learn how to use the catalog to search for a book
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  3. The Big 6The six steps to success on your next research project
  4. Virtual Tutoring & Writing Lab: Learn how to use BrainFuse for free tutoring daily 2-11 PM
  5. Virtual Library: How to access eBooks, eComics, Streaming movies and more!
  6. Faster eBooks: Long holds list got you down? Here are some hacks to get to the front of the line faster!
  7. eBook Etiquette: How to make wait times shorter for everyone
  8. eBook Holds: How to place a hold on Libby
  9. Creating a Schedule: learn this high school senior's tips for keeping on schedule
  10. Organized Notetaking: tips from a high school senior about keeping things organized

Teachers: Book-A-Librarian for a virtual class visit!

Got a Research Project? Databases are your new BFF.

Study Hacks: Library Databases from Austin Public Library on Vimeo.

Research project got you down? The Big Six can save you.

Study Hacks: The Big 6 from Austin Public Library on Vimeo.

It's way more than just eBooks...

How To Use the Virtual Library from Austin Public Library on Vimeo.

Number 58 on the holds list? This hack can help you jump the line.

Virtual Library Hacks: How to get eBooks faster from Austin Public Library on Vimeo.

Oh, so that's why they ask you if you want to return your eBook early...

eBook Etiquette: Return Your eBooks Early from Austin Public Library on Vimeo.

eBook checked out? Put a hold on it so you can get in line to read it next!

Virtual Library: Holds on Libby from Austin Public Library on Vimeo.