Information for Educators
Welcome educators (and parents!)
On this page you can learn about:
- How to get library cards for your class
- Details on requesting library materials for your class
- Services including virtual class visits and storytimes and how to request them
We hope this information will help you use the library for classwork and engage your students with all of the resources the Public Library of Brookline has to offer.
- Need a Minuteman library card?
Students can learn how to sign up for a digital card by visiting brklib.com/getacard.
- Lost cards, problems logging in, and checking your card is up to date
Have students reach out to the library! We are available Monday-Thursday 9am-9pm and Fridays 9am-5pm. They can give us a call at 617-730-2730 x3, chat us through the website, or send us an email. To protect students’ privacy, teachers themselves cannot confirm a student’s library account information; students or guardians must reach out to us directly. If a student is having an issue with their account, please urge them or their guardians to contact us as soon as possible.
- Fines or fees
Students with fines and fees totaling under $10 are not blocked or prohibited from using the library or any of our resources. If students have fines over $10 which are preventing their access to library resources, please have them contact us directly over email and we will be able to make accommodations.
- Requesting physical items as an educator, or instructing your students to request items
Begin reserving items at least four weeks in advance. Physical materials are taking longer than usual to arrive to fulfill holds, due to staffing reductions, delivery schedules, and quarantining of library materials.
- Using our digital resources, including OverDrive, Libby, Hoopla, and our databases
Please note that some of these resources might be limited to only Brookline residents. Boston and other surrounding towns may have equivalent access. Check out this spreadsheet for a quick look at what digital resources are available to you and your students!
- Interested in a Virtual Class Visit?
Please fill out our Request a Virtual Visit form! Public library staff are able to provide virtual storytimes, reader’s advisory/book talks, and Overdrive/Hoopla/online resource guidance.
- Reading Challenges for older students
We just launched two new programs, 100 Books Before High School and 100 Books Before Graduation. These are aimed at middle and high school students, challenging them to read 100 books before they start high school/graduate (respectively!). These programs can be started at any time and done at any pace. For more information, see brklib.com/100books.