Student PLAY Library Card
The PINES Library Card Access for Youth (PLAY) program gives students free access to public library materials and online resources to help them succeed in school. Piedmont Regional Library System (PRLS) partners with local schools in Banks, Barrow and Jackson counties to provide the PLAY program. Currently, the program is available in Barrow County. If you are an employee of a school system in Banks or Jackson counties and would like to implement the program in your school, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The public library provides free access to books and online resources to help your child succeed in school, as well as fun resources that help develop a lifelong love of reading. Your public library is available all year long, including during the summer months. The “Summer Slide” is the backward movement many children make when they forget what was taught to them in the previous year. Research shows that the number one thing that prevents the summer slide is reading books. It’s that simple. Those who read, succeed.
Benefits online at prlib.org:
Search the PINES library catalog of over 11 million items for books, DVD’s, audiobooks and other materials at over 300 libraries across Georgia
Place items on hold for free delivery to your library
Store lists of books you’ve read and would like to read
Check out free downloadable ebooks and audiobooks for all ages
Access the Online World Book Encyclopedia and nonfiction ebooks…always available, all the time, with no waiting
Sign up for Mango…an interactive, fun way to learn another language
Access practice tests for the SAT, PSAT, and many others
And much more!
Benefits in-person at the library:
Ask our expert staff for book recommendations
Pick up books you’ve had delivered from other PINES libraries
Check out up to five items (books, DVD’s, audiobooks, etc.)
Pay no late fees! (fees apply only for lost or damaged items)
Attend free storytelling, classes, activities and special events
What is PINES?
Georgia Library PINES (Public Information Network for Electronic Services) is the public library automation and lending network for 300 libraries and affiliated service outlets in 53 library systems serving 146 counties in Georgia.
How do I get started?
1. Visit prlib.org
2. Click on Library Catalog in the menu
3. Select My Account in the upper right corner
4. When asked for your library card number, type your 3-letter school ID code followed by your student ID number.
You are a student in the Barrow County School System and your student ID number is 12345. Type BCS12345
5. When asked for your password, type your 2-digit birth month and 4-digit birth year with no spaces.
Your birthday is August 1, 2005. Type 082005.
How much does the PLAY Card Program cost?
The account is free and library resources and services are free.
What about overdue fines and fees?
There are no overdue fines, but users are responsible for fees on lost or damaged items.
What schools are included?
PRLS currently partners with the Barrow County School System. Other school systems in Banks and Jackson counties will be added in the future.
Where is my closest library location?
There are ten libraries in the Piedmont Region. See the map for a library near you.
What are the library’s hours?
Hours vary by location. See prlib.org for current hours.
Am I limited to only using libraries in the Piedmont region?
You can visit any PRLS library location or any of the 300 PINES partner library across the state.
What if I want my student to have full access to the library collections?
The PLAY account allows students to borrow 5 items at a time and have full access to online resources. If you want your child to borrow more items, you can apply for a free Piedmont Regional Library System PINES library card at any time. Visit your local library and bring your photo ID.
What if a student already has a library card?
You can continue using the existing library card. Your PLAY account is separate and does not accrue fines.
What happens when a student changes schools?
Students maintain the same PLAY account until they move outside of the school system or graduate.
What happens when a student graduates?
The PLAY account will remain active until September 15th of the graduation year.
What about homeschool students?
A student can apply online for a library account for digital access only. Click HERE to apply online, or visit your local library in person to apply for a library card. If under the age of 18, a parent/guardian's contact information and consent are required.
Will parents/caregivers have access to see what the student has checked out?
Parents/caregivers will have the ability to see what is checked out on the account of a minor.
Is the information shared with the library confidential?
Yes, per Official Code of Georgia § 21-12-30(a) Confidential Nature of Certain Library Records.
What if I do not want my student to participate?
You may choose to opt-out of the program. For Barrow County, click HERE.