ConnectED turns student IDs into city library cards

Surrounded by the many books of McPhee Elementary School Library, Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler and Lincoln Public Schools Superintendent Steve Joel announced a new partnership to provide all LPS students with access to the resources of the Lincoln City Libraries, including high-speed Internet access.

"Lincoln is a city that values education, and we are proud of our excellent public libraries and public schools," Beutler said. "The ConnectED Library Challenge is another way we are working as partners to help our children become adults who are engaged in the community and who participate in our culture of innovation."

Through ConnectED, LPS students will have an account with Lincoln City Libraries using their school identification numbers. The project will start during the 2016-2017 school year with students in three pilot schools — McPhee and Norwood Park Elementary Schools and Lefler Middle School. The goal is to extend Connect ED accounts to all LPS students for the 2017-2018 school year. This will allow them to check out materials and to access information through the library's website,

"This partnership will encourage students to be lifelong learners, increase student achievement and help us make sure our students are ready for their future after graduation," said Joel. "This collaborative project also expands our participation in Prosper Lincoln by supporting early childhood education, employment skills and innovation. This is one more way for us to support children and families in our community, making sure that every Lincolnite has the opportunity to read and learn every day."

LPS Board President Don Mayhew added, “This initiative enhances classroom experiences by providing students with access to homework help, magazines and encyclopedias, and a variety of other electronic resources. For example, our high school students will be able to access car repair manuals online and locate more science, technology, psychology, legal, and medical information from their Chromebooks. These diverse resources will assist our students as they prepare to be college and career ready.”

Published: September 8, 2016, Updated: September 8, 2016