ConnectEd

Connect Ed

ConnectED is a partnership between the Whatcom County Library System and all Whatcom County school districts and Lummi Nation School. The program allows K-12 students to check out book, audiobooks and educational resources, both online and in our branches, using a student library account.  From the thousands of books, graphic novels, and audiobooks in our collection students can place holds and check out up to 4 items at a time.

To use your ConnectED account you’ll need to know your login: school code + your school ID or lunch number

Frequently Asked Questions

Here’s what you can do with your ConnectED card:


CHECK OUT EBOOKS AND EAUDIOBOOKS

Libby App

YOUR CONNECTED NUMBER IS YOUR SCHOOL CODE PLUS YOUR STUDENT ID

VIEW SCHOOL CODES
Code | School District
BL | Blaine
FE | Ferndale
LN | Lummi Nation
LY | Lynden
ME | Meridian
MB | Mount Baker
NV | Nooksack Valley

CHECK OUT BOOKS, AUDIOBOOKS, & MORE

  • WCLS.ORG – First stop to set up your account is the library website to be able to check out books and more.
  • Playaways – take your book to-go with these audiobooks pre-loaded onto the player – just add earbuds.

Setting up a Bibliocommons account

STREAM MUSIC, MOVIES, & TV SHOWS

  • Freegal Streaming Music Service: Freegal’s 15 million songs, 40,000 videos, and 5 free downloads a month
  • Kanopy Streaming Video: 10 free movies a month including new releases and popular classics, cult favorites and award-winning documentaries. Kanopy Kids offers popular kids movies and TV shows

USE DIGITAL CONTENT FOR REPORTS, PROJECTS, AND LEARNING LANGUAGES

  • Britannica Online: an online encyclopedia with three versions for kids, teens, and adults, including images, audio, and video.
  • Culturegrams: a geography resource to help students learn about different countries, states, and provinces.
  • Mango Languages: practice a world language in a conversational, self-paced course  
  • SIRS Discoverer: resources for understanding the pros & cons of issues, current events, and more.  

PREPARE FOR STANDARDIZED TESTS & CAREER EXAMS


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)

How many and what kinds of items can a student check out using their ConnectED card?
Students can check out up to 4 items at a time. Those items can be books, magazines, any kind of audio material, and graphic novels. They can also access all of our digital content including ebooks and eaudiobooks.
What if my student wants to check out other items from the catalog?
While we cannot make everything in our catalog available through the ConnectED card, every student is encouraged to get a regular youth library card. With this card, they have full access to all items in our collection including video games, DVDs, or Library of Things items like American Girl Dolls, puzzles, and gaming kits. It’s free and available to everyone who lives in Whatcom County and sign up is simple: Get a Card. Note: Pick up for items checked out on their library cards will be at their preferred library branch (not at a school location.)
Will my ConnectED account work during the summer?
Yes! All ConnectED accounts work year-round. They update at the end of August and there may be a short window during the update when they are inoperable. Even graduating seniors’ ConnectED accounts work through the end of summer.
I received an opt-out form related to ConnectED. What does it mean?
If you would like your child to access public library resources using his/her school ID, you do not need to do anything. Your child will automatically be enrolled. To opt your student out of public library access using his or her school ID, fill out the opt-out form you received from the school and turn it in to your school’s administrative assistant. Note: many schools now consider a public library card an essential “school supply” and some teachers may be asking students to use the ConnectED resources for assignments. If you are considering whether to opt your student out, please contact your school librarian or WCLS with your concerns. We welcome your feedback!
What if my student already has a WCLS library card?
We’re glad you and your family are involved with the Whatcom County Library System! Your student can have both a regular library account and a student account. Both will enable access to e-books and digital resources like Britannica Online or Culturegrams. The ConnectED student account does limit students to checking out only two physical items at a time (books, CDs or DVDs), so students may wish to use a standard account if they want to check out more than that.
How can my student check out more than two items at a time?
It’s easy to sign up for a standard library account and your student can have both a student account and a standard account. The standard account permits up to 150 check-outs at a time! Come in to any location or sign up online  to get one.
What if a student no longer attends a ConnectED school?
If you have moved and your student is attending another school district, his or her student ID will no longer work as a library account. If you still live in Whatcom County, you are welcome to sign up for a standard library account, which will give students the same access to digital services and will let them check out up to 150 physical items. To get a standard account, come in to any location or sign up online .
Will a student ID work as a library account after a student graduates?
The student ID will continue to work through the summer after graduation, but will be deleted from the WCLS system shortly before the next school year. We encourage graduating seniors to get a standard library account, which will enable the same access to digital services and will allow up to 150 checkouts at once. To get a standard account, come in to any location or sign up online .
What if a student tries to sign in to library services and the ID doesn’t work?
If a student is having trouble signing in using a student ID as a library account, just call any WCLS location to ask a library staff member to investigate or fill out a Contact Us form to send an email. A staff member will contact you to troubleshoot the account and get it working.
My student is under 13. Will he or she have access to the teen or adult features of the catalog?
Borrowers can search for any book in the online catalog, but some features are limited based on the patron’s age, in compliance with COPPA (the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act). According to Bibliocommons, the WCLS catalog vendor, patrons under 13 can:
  • Add titles to their For Later, In Progress and Completed shelves
  • Create lists, selecting from a menu of pre-defined list names
  • See reviews and recommendations from others
  • Ignore recommendations and comments from others
  • Rate titles
  • Suggest similar titles
  • Suggest age suitability for titles
Patrons under 13 cannot:
  • Enter free text, and therefore can’t add comments, summaries, list annotations, or tags
  • Add URLs to lists
  • Add videos
  • Send messages to other users
  • Receive messages from other users
What if my student was opted out and would like to opt in?
If your student was mistakenly opted-out of the ConnectED partnership and you would like to enable his or her student ID number as a WCLS library account, please contact your school librarian or send the request using the WCLS Contact Us form.
Who can I contact if I have further questions?
You can chat with your school librarian or use the WCLS online Contact Us form to send an email with your questions or feedback. We are happy to hear from you!