Educators who work with students in our library’s service area are invited to apply for HDL’s Educator eCards. Here are some FAQs about this offering:
What is the purpose of an Educator eCard?
We know the students who attend school in the Holland area typically live within our service area, but their teachers may not. If educators become familiar with our online collections and how they work, they can help steer families to our collection and get more materials in the hands of eager young readers, serving as public library ambassadors. We also suspect that our eBooks, downloadable audiobooks, and videos (Hoopla has great Picture Book Read Alongs!) will come in handy in your classroom as you make accommodations to meet the literacy needs of your students.
What can I check out with my Educator eCard?
You can access virtual materials, including our Hoopla and Libby collections of eBooks, downloadable audiobooks, music, and videos.
Can I check out any physical books or movies inside the library with an Educator eCard?
No, at this time, only virtual materials can be accessed with our eCard.
I’m a teacher in the Holland area! How do I apply for an Educator eCard?
Visit our Library Card Help page and select “I need a new Educator eCard.” We will email you a card number once we have a chance to verify your information (usually within two days unless we have a large influx of requests). We cannot issue eCards in-person at this time.
How long can I use an Educator eCard?
Your Educator eCard will expire at the conclusion of each school year, in July. You can apply for a new one each school year.
I'm not technically a teacher, but I work with kids in local schools. Can I get an Educator eCard?
If you’re an educator (paraprofessional, interventionist, counselor, administrator, etc.) who provides services to students at one of the schools listed below, yes! Apply for a card using your school’s address and your school email address.
I live outside the Herrick service area and I have a different library card OR I live in the Herrick service area and I already have a Herrick Library Card. Can I get an Educator eCard?
If you’re an educator with a school email address who works with students at one of the schools listed below, yes! Apply for a card using that school’s address and your school email address.
The schools/districts that fall within our service area include:
- Holland Public Schools
- Holland Christian
- Calvary Schools
- Vanderbilt Charter Academy
- Black River Public School
- Eagle Crest Charter Academy
- Corpus Christi Catholic School
- West Ottawa Public Schools
Select Zeeland Public Schools (remaining schools in district are in other library’s service areas)
- New Groningen Elementary
- Quincy Elementary
- Roosevelt Elementary
- Zeeland Quest Elementary
- Creekside Middle School
- Zeeland East High School
- Zeeland West High School
Select Hamilton Community Schools (remaining schools in district are in other library’s service areas):
- Hamilton High School
- Hamilton Middle School
- Blue Star Elementary
- Hamilton Elementary