Resources for Educators
Washington County Library is here to support teachers and educators! Learn how we can help you and your students and navigate the school year.
Educator Library Cards
Washington County Library offers special library cards with additional borrowing privileges for educators. An Educator Card allows additional checkouts for any educators in Minnesota, including public schools, private schools, home-school teachers, and tutors. This card is valid for two years. Learn more and register for an Educator Card.
Tools to Support Your Students
There are many library resources available to help students of all ages with homework and projects. Learn more about learning support for students.
- Homework Help: Homework Help is available through the library using Brainfuse HelpNow. Tutors are available to help kids, teens, and adults from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. daily. Get live, individual support for all grades and subjects! Spanish language tutors are also available.
- Research Databases: The library provides free access to research databases for all ages, covering school subjects like art, technology, languages, math, science, and social studies. Many of the databases include primary source documents and reference books to assist with research projects. Explore our full list of research databases here.
- History Day: Washington County Library staff are ready to help with your students' history day projects! Librarians can help with all stages of the research process, including finding primary sources and helping to organize information they've already found. We also organize an annual History Day Hullabaloo to provide one-on-one support. Learn more!
Assignment Alert Form
Washington County librarians are available to help find resources to support student assignments. Share upcoming assignments and projects with us through this online form so that we can better assist your students and ensure that we have the appropriate resources. As an educator, you may submit this assignment alert form for any large upcoming assignments or projects you will be assigning to your students.
Ebooks and SORA
Anyone with a Washington County Library card can access ebooks, eaudiobooks, and digital magazines from all Twin Cities public libraries through the OverDrive and Libby apps.
Access More Digital Materials with SORA
Washington County Library also participates in SORA, an OverDrive application that allows schools to give students access to both their OverDrive digital collection and their public library's digital collection. With SORA, both collections can be accessed seamlessly from your school's website without requiring students to log in to the Washington County Library catalog - giving them easier access to even more digital materials!
To sign up, a school representative should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Schedule a School Visit
Washington County Library staff are happy to visit your school for a storytime, book talk, library resources presentation, or to share information about library programs. You can also schedule a class tour of your local library.
Please note: Our ability to complete in person visits are subject to pandemic safety policies. Virtual presentations are also available!
To schedule a visit or a tour of a library, complete this form at least two weeks in advance. After submitting the form, a librarian from your nearest library will connect with you to finalize details.