Library Link FAQs

Who is eligible for a Library Link account?

All 6th-12th grade students, and teachers at all Seattle Public K-8, middle, and high schools are eligible for a Library Link account. Accounts will be created automatically using student data provided to the Library by Seattle Public Schools. Students at other Seattle schools are welcome to apply for a regular Library card for free access to all resources of The Seattle Public Library.

What is Library Link?

Library Link is a collaboration between The Seattle Public Library and Seattle Public Schools. The goal is to explore ways that SPL and SPS can work together to improve SPS student access to SPL's vast collection of information resources. A student ID number enables immediate access to the Library's online resources for SPS students.

 

What is my Library card number?

Students: 990000 (four zeroes) followed by your 7-digit student ID number to create a 13-digit number.
Teachers: 991, followed by two to four zeroes, followed by your 6- to 8-digit teacher ID number to create a 13-digit number.

The full Library card number must be 13 digits. Enter the prefix (990 for students and 991 for teachers), followed by zeroes, followed by your student or teacher ID number. The number of zeroes will vary based on the length of your student or teacher ID number. 

Examples:


If your student ID is 1234567, your Library card number is 9900001234567 
If your teacher ID is 1234567, your Library card number is 9910001234567
If your teacher ID is 12345678, your Library card number is 9910012345678

What is my PIN?

You will need a four-digit PIN to log in to your account. A PIN was created automatically when your account was set up. Ask your teacher or ask a librarian if you don't know your PIN. Once you know your PIN, you can change it to any four-digit number by logging into your Library account. Click your username in the upper-right corner, then click "My Settings." Scroll down to the "Change PIN" option.

What resources can I access with a Library Link account?

The Seattle Public Library has many helpful online resources for students:

  • Downloadable e-books and e-audio from Overdrive
  • Streaming music,  videos, and online graphic novels from Hoopla
  • Streaming feature films and documentaries from Kanopy
  • Online research databases like Proquest, Britannica Online, Opposing Viewpoints, Biography in Context and more
  • Job resources for creating resumes and finding jobs
  • Online learning for test preparation, language learning, and software skills

Library Link student accounts are limited to online resources only and may not be used to check out physical Library materials. Students are encouraged to apply for a regular Library card for free access to all resources of The Seattle Public Library.

How can a student check out physical books, CDs, or DVDs?

Visit any Seattle Public Library location and apply for a free library card. Students under age 13 will need a parent or legal guardian’s signature on the application.  Students age 13-17 will need their school ID, or a parent or legal guardian’s signature on the application.

What if I already have a Seattle Public Library card?

Your regular Seattle Public Library card is still valid and can be used to access all the Library Link resources as well as additional free resources such as checking out physical Library materials and using computers at the Library. If you don't have a regular Library card, your student ID will allow you to access the Library's electronic resources. Students are welcome to apply for a regular Library card for free access to all resources of The Seattle Public Library.

How can I get help with my Library Link account?

For help accessing e-books, visit our Books on your device page.
For help with your PIN, ask your teacher or Ask Us
For other help with your account, ask a librarian.

Can parents opt students out of this program?

Yes. Contact your school's office to opt your student(s) out of Library Link.

If you have a question or need help, Ask Us or call 206-386-4636.