Library Port FAQ's

General Questions

How will teachers use the Library Port in the classroom?

When all students have a library card, they can easily access materials only available to library patrons. Teachers are working to integrate the best resources into their classes.

Parents

How can I opt-out of or opt-back-in to the Library Port for my child?

Please contact your child's school directly to opt-back-in, or opt-out of the Library Port program using this form.

What if we don't live in Duluth?

All Duluth Public School students will receive access to the Library Port program, no matter where they live.

Will I be able to monitor what materials my child has checked out with Library Port?

Yes. Please let library staff know in person if you would like your email to be added to their account so you receive holds and overdue notices. Parents will be able to monitor notices sent to the student but the Library will not be sending messages about what the student has checked out in general.

Is the library monitoring what my students are checking or accessing?

The library does not monitor materials or resources accessed through the Library. We encourage you to talk to your children about what you consider appropriate for them to check out.

How will teachers use Library Port in the classroom?

Library staff are working with school staff to help integrate these newly accessed materials into the classroom. When all students have a library card, students will easily access materials only available to library patrons.

What resources will my child be able to access for FREE with Library Port?

Students will have FREE access to e-books, articles, e-magazines, music downloads, one-on-one online homework help, dozens of databases, books, DVDs, and more! There are materials offered for different reading levels, in different languages, accessible at school and at home.

Why are you providing a digital and not a physical library card with Library Port?

The cards will be easy to memorize, containing your student's 5 or 6-digit ID. We value your security and understand students have a hard time keeping track of physical cards. Students will be able to use their cards by typing memorized numbers for electronic materials and identifying themselves to library staff to check out physical materials. This process is similar to how they check out materials at their school and order school lunches.

Will Library Port work in systems outside of Duluth?

Library Port will only work at Duluth Public Library locations. You may request a physical card to register and use at a different library system in Minnesota.

Can I use my child’s Library Port card?

We recommend parents get their own library card. Parents can help children with their Library Port card.

What if my child already has a card?

They can have both! Your child's original card will not be replaced. The Library Port program will issue a new number that allows teachers and students to easily communicate and memorize a number that is connected to their student ID.

Educators

I want to check out one particular e-book for my entire class. Is this possible?

Just like physical books, the library has a set quantity of e-books that can be checked out. Usually, we do not have sufficient copies of one book to lend out to an entire class. However, educators are encouraged to check out Ebooks Minnesota--another free ebook resource that allows for simultaneous use.

How can I know if a Library Port account isn't working due to parent's opting out or if there's another problem?

If the student hasn't opted out and you're having issues with the number, please contact Library Port support.

What kind of data is Duluth Public Schools sharing with Duluth Public Library, and how is it protected?

At Duluth Public Schools, the following information about students is public: name, birth dates, grade, extra-curricular information, school, dates of enrollment, and awards received.

Additionally, the following information is designated as directory information only for MN State Libraries: address, home phone, student ID#, and student email address.

Data shared between DULUTH PUBLIC SCHOOLS and DPL is encrypted and transferred via a secure protocol and is stored on secure servers.

Why are you providing a virtual and not a physical library card?

The cards will be easy to memorize, containing your student's 6-digit ID. We value your security and understand students have a hard time keeping track of physical cards. Students will be able to use their cards by typing memorized numbers for electronic materials and identifying themselves to library staff to check out physical materials.

What financial risks are involved?

Students can access all materials without fear of late fees. We can work with students who have lost/missing materials. Parents/guardians may add an email address to the account to be notified when materials are due.

What if my student already has a public library card?

Students’ original cards will not be replaced. The Library Port program will issue a new number that allows teachers and students to easily communicate and memorize a number that is connected to their student ID. Students are encouraged to use their new Library Port account in instructional settings. Consistent usage of the Library Port card number will limit confusion while increasing awareness of the initiative.

How can my student access his or her new virtual account? Will all of my students have accounts?

All students will be given a unique electronic barcode number, consisting of their unique student ID number and a standard prefix.

What resources will my students be able to access for FREE?

Students will have FREE access to all library materials: e-books, e-magazines, music downloads, one-on-one online homework help, dozens of databases, books, DVDs, and more!

What should I do if a student is opted-out of Library Port and can’t log in during classroom exercises?

We recommend teachers use their own e-access card or encourage students to pair off with another student with access to Library Port to access resources.

How long are Library Port accounts active?

Student Library Port cards will be active for 1 year and will be renewed each school year.

What should I be educating my students about Library Port?

  • Keep your number safe.
  • Don't check out materials for friends.
  • Keep reminding them about the great resources! It can be overwhelming, so bite-size information about a database is best.

Is the library monitoring what my students are checking or accessing?

The library does not monitor materials or resources accessed through the Library. We encourage you to talk to your students about what is appropriate.

What benefits can I get for my Educator Status library card?

Once you get a personal library card from your home agency you’re ready to check out physical materials. Let DPL staff know you’re an educator to get educator status on your card that provides access to a wider array of resources and services. Educator status cards let you check out most library materials without accruing overdue fines.

Will educators receive a Library Port account?

Library Port makes it easier than ever for teachers to access digital library materials. Staff will only be able to access digital materials with their e-cards. Staff can continue to use their personal library cards to check out physical materials. If staff already have a library card that works in Duluth, they do not need this e-card.

 

DULUTH PUBLIC SCHOOLS staff can apply for this card by completing an online form provided to them by the district. Staff will then receive an email from DPL with your Library Port account information with 48 hours.

All other schools, please contact your school's Library Port contact for more info.

 

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Free, virtual public library cards for ISD 709 students.


Equal access for every student, and the ability to check out up to 5 items at any DPL location with NO late fees.