Students of Duluth Public Schools can now check out resources from the Duluth Public Library using their student ID number.

"This is a program that provides every student in the classroom an equal opportunity to access Duluth Public Library’s rich resources,” Sue Schumacher, with Duluth Public Library, said in a news release. “There is no physical card to lose, and, thanks to the library’s ‘Fresh Start’ program, there are no fines or fees.”

The new program, called PORT CARD, also allows students to access the public library's resources while at school through borrowing e-books, audiobooks and accessing databases, the release said. It's modeled after a similar program in St. Paul.

Teachers are encouraged to integrate Duluth Public Library resources into their teaching.

To sign up for an electronic library card, students need to sign the district's opt-in form available on its website and included in back-to-school materials.

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“We encourage families to take advantage of this educational tool," Superintendent John Magas said. "Community partnerships like this one, with the Duluth Public Library, are crucial to ensuring the success of all of Duluth's children.”