PASO ROBLES, Calif. - High school freshmen in Paso Robles will soon get free library cards.
The Paso Robles City Library and Paso Robles Joint Unified School District teamed up for what's being called the "Student Success Initiative."
Every 9th grader in the district will get a library card as part of the project beginning in the spring of this year.
The district says each incoming freshman class will be part of the program moving forward.
Administrators say libraries increase learning opportunities. They cited research that says students who use library resources do better in school.
The library provides free access to eBooks, eAudiobooks, online databases, encyclopedias, and test prep materials.
"We are excited to partner with the Paso Robles Joint Unified School District to support our students. With the new Scholar library cards, students who do not already have a library account will have immediate access from their school-issued Chromebooks to all of our digital resources, in addition to our physical collections, to support their educational and personal pursuits," said Youth Services Librarian Melissa Bailey.
The Paso Robles City Library, which is located at 1000 Spring Street, is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.