Programming Solutions

Connecting Public Library Digital Collections with Schools

Community Share is a program designed to create a resource bridge from the public library into K-12 schools, greatly expanding student access to age- and grade appropriate digital content. Students discover and borrow public library materials from their school’s online catalog using just their student ID. A single search returns all content provided by their school and the content shared from the local library in just one click. Community Share leads to an uptick in community readership, easy integration of classroom materials, and increased public library collections for children and teens.

Good Things Happen When Public and School Libraries Work Together

Libraries benefit from offering Community Share by:

  • Increasing student access to digital collections and providing enhanced reading and learning opportunities to students outside of school
  • Making reading easier for students by delivering content to devices they use for everyday learning
  • Expanding their active user base by increasing student and parent involvement in library programs and services
  • Enhancing collection development cooperation between local schools and the library
  • Meeting patrons where they are at, inspiring lifelong library engagement

Schools benefit from Community Share by:

  • Giving their students and teachers access to a broader range of new digital content
  • Creating a more robust learning environment
  • Offering age- and grade-appropriate eBooks and eAudiobooks
  • Enjoying hassle-free access - students use existing logins to access eBooks and eAudiobooks shared from the public library

Learn More

Baker & Taylor has partnered with The Indie Author Project (IAP), a library-community wide effort to connect library patrons with great indie-published books. The Indie Author Project Select collection includes 500 top indie-published eBooks across multiple genres and audience levels, and features NY Times and USA Today best-selling authors and award winning titles.

The IAP Select collection provides unlimited, multi-user simultaneous access, with no per-circulation charges, turnaways or holds!

  • Expand your patrons’ access to quality, indie-authored ebooks
  • Help support writers and alternative publishing
  • 500 award-winning, bestselling and high-demand titles
  • Curated by Library Journal staff, and from state author contests and regional competitions
  • Includes titles available exclusively to libraries