Library Partnership Opens New Doors for Students

Nearly 15,000 students in the Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township have received free Indianapolis Public Library cards. The cards give students access to a wide range of electronic resources to help in their academic study.

A distribution ceremony at Lynhurst 7th & 8th Grade Center completed a three-year process to provide library cards to all MSD Wayne students in grades one through 12. More than 10,000 of the students are new card holders.

The eResource Card gives students online access to eBooks, eAudiobooks, streaming music and video, and more than 80 research databases. It also allows limited borrowing of books and other physical materials, but young children can upgrade to a full library card by visiting any Indianapolis Public Library location with a parent or guardian.

“A library card in the hands of our students is like opening a door to endless possibilities,” said MSD Wayne eLearning Coordinator Dana Lile. “Our students will now be better able to continue building their love of reading as well as use the many resources the library offers. Students’ new library cards will allow the curriculum that is taught every day in our classrooms to be enriched and deepened, which always leads to growth and success.”

MSD Wayne’s partnership with the Indianapolis Public Library also will involve training the district’s educators on using the library’s databases.

The Wayne Township Library card campaign and other recent card distributions to Marion County school districts have been made possible by The Indianapolis Public Library Fund through a grant to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.