Student Resources Toolkit

September 01, 2021 | By Baltimore County Public Library

The school year recently began and Baltimore County Public School students are back in the classroom. Baltimore County Public Library features several in-person and online tools, e-sources, and engaging programs for students and their families to support them through this school year and beyond.

While all Baltimore County residents are able to obtain library cards online, BCPS student identification numbers already serve as library cards. With a library card, materials and myriad e-sources are available instantly. Read below to learn more or explore our youth offerings.

Free Meals

Beginning Wednesday, September 8, 10 branches will provide two days of meals (cold supper and a snack) to kids 18 and under on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Branches distributing meals include:

  • Arbutus
  • Essex
  • Lansdowne
  • Loch Raven
  • Randallstown
  • Reisterstown
  • Rosedale
  • Sollers Point
  • White Marsh
  • Woodlawn


The library holds in-person and virtual programs nearly every day. Programs include:

  • STEM
  • STREAM demonstrations
  • Nature clubs
  • Chess clubs
  • Anti-racism book discussions
  • Anime and manga clubs
  • Writers' clubs

Search for programs by date, location and age group.

Digital Library

Our digital library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Download or stream using a computer, tablet, phone or smart TV. Options include:

Homework Help

Learn more about the following homework help resources:

  • Brainfuse—Get expert help from tutors through a live chat from 2 p.m. to midnight, seven days a week. Send a question and get an answer within 24 hours. Have your library card number and password available. Spanish-speaking tutors are available. 
  • SkillSurfer—Practice long division, improve reading comprehension and learn other key skills. 
  • Writing Lab—Submit a writing sample and receive feedback on structure, grammar, style and content to help you better organize and present your thoughts and information. 

Research Databases  

Use our online databases for research and school assignments. Many contain full-text articles from magazines, journals, current and historic newspapers, encyclopedias and more. A valid library card is required to access some databases. 


  • Gale in Context: Elementary—A search tool for students in kindergarten through grade five, to find full-text articles from popular magazines and facts from reference books for research papers or homework.
  • Gale In Context: Middle School—Students find outstanding support to complete assignments in core subjects, including literature, science, social studies and history. 
  • Middle Search Plus—Designed for middle school libraries, a full-text database providing popular middle school magazines and reference books. Covering subjects such as history, current events, science and sports, it also includes thousands of biographies and primary source documents, plus over a million photos, maps and flags. 
  • NoveList K-8 Plus—Find fiction and nonfiction recommendations for picture books, children's chapter books, young adult titles and more categorized by age and genre. Includes book reviews, book lists and teaching guides for Common Core and curriculum connections. 
  • Primary Search—Designed for elementary school libraries, a full-text database providing popular children’s magazines, easy-to-read encyclopedic entries and a vast image collection. Students can learn about a variety of topics, including endangered species, famous musicians, fitness and space exploration. 


  • Gale in Context: High School Edition—Full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites organized into a user-friendly portal experience.
  • Gale OneFile: High School Edition—Provides high school students with audience-appropriate information on current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, people, government, history, sports and more. 
  • LinkedIn Learning—Unlimited training on a wide variety of topics, including business skills and software, web design and development, music and audio, photography, video editing and animation. 
  • Mango Languages—Online language-learning system that teaches conversation skills for over 71 different languages as well as English as a second language for speakers of 19 languages. 
  • Peterson's Test and Career Prep—Features online practice tests and study materials for GED, SAT, ACT, Praxis, NCLEX, TOEFL, citizenship, postal or military exams, law enforcement, occupational tests, certification and licensing tests and more. 
  • Science Reference Center—Full-text, science-oriented content for student research. Content is available from science encyclopedias, reference books, magazines, journals and more. Topics include biology, chemistry, Earth-space science, environmental science, health and medicine, history of science and more. 

On-Demand Programming

  • Parent tips and Toddler Story Time activities on YouTube. Check out these videos for great ideas to engage with your young child with songs, rhymes, games, and books!
  • Craft, STEM, and nature activity ideas on YouTube. Check out these videos for great ideas for you and your school aged child to stay engaged in creativity and learning throughout the week after the school day ends.

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