Research Made Easy: Our A+ Partnership ROCKS!

Years ago, when I was on the ISTE Board of Directors,* I was honored to tour a few of the Nashville Metro schools & observe their amazing partnership with the Limitless Library system. It was the coolest! With one login kids could access all the public library databases, get one on one help,  AND request books online – and the library system trucks delivered those book right to their school! WOW!

But did you know that something similar is available in Howard County?! W00t! (Not the delivering books part, a girl can dream, right?)

Howard County students have FREE Access to millions of items, live homework & History Day help, and amazing database, primary source, and research resources!

“HCPSS students now have access Howard County Library eContent in the classroom, at home, or anywhere they need to do homework or research. The Howard County Library System (HCLS) and the Howard County Public School System have launched the A+ Student Card to deliver the library system’s extensive catalog of electronic resources directly to students.” (This great service was launched in 2017) 

From Ms. Jones:  All HCPSS students (Pre-K–12) will have online access to their A+ Student Card account number through Canvas and Clever. Students will use this to gain immediate access to all HCLS eContent by using the A+ Student Card account number to login via the portal. If you can’t find your A+ student card through Canvas call the Savage Branch Library and they can sort it out for you lickety split. (410) 313-0760

“The A+ Student Card account also provides students with full customer privileges at all HCLS branches. While previously issued HCLS cards may still be used at library branches, the A+ Student Card account enables students to use just one number for all their homework and research needs.” Source: HCPSSHoward County Library System Launch A+ Student Card

But sorry, Parents & Teachers, this service is just for the kiddos

From the HCL website: “In addition to receiving guidance from HCLS staff, students (K-12) and college-age adults can connect with free tutors for assistance with math, reading, science, social studies, English/language arts, and writing. Both English and Spanish speaking tutors are available seven days a week from 2 pm until 11:55 pm. Special thanks to the Howard County Public School System for contributing toward the cost of this service.”

When you log into Clever, you have access to more Epic resources!

(Disclaimer: These resources change from year to year and day to day – depending on our contracts)

With MackinVia, our kiddos can access “3 Million Print Titles- 1 Million Digital Titles- and now features a growing catalog of nearly 3 million print titles from 18,000+ publishers and a burgeoning digital collection of more than 1 million eBooks, educational databases, audiobooks and videos.”


Check out these slideshows for more details! Though the resources are subject to change. Usual disclosure

Thanks Howard County Public School Library Media and Howard County Library! These great resources will be transformative!


MHMS Bitmoji Show

HCPSS Trooper Show

More info!

A+: Students & Teachers – Howard County Library System

A+ Partners in Education – Howard County Library System

*(shameless humble brag!)