Connect FVRL, library access for students

Information about the program

ConnectFVRL is a partnership between Fort Vancouver Regional Libraries and many local school districts. Through ConnectFVRL, students are automatically registered for a special FVRL account (Connect Card) that allows them to access FVRL electronic research tools, eBooks and eAudiobooks.

For parents or guardians

Your child's Connect Card connects them to a wealth of online resources to support their schoolwork.

What is the difference between the Connect Card and a regular library account?

Connect Cards are separate from other library accounts, and provide digital-only access to library resources, eBooks, and eAudiobooks to students. They can not be used for checking out physical materials from the library. They don't replace any other public library account your student/child may have.

Is there any financial risk to my child/student having a Connect Card?

No. Because the Connect Card provides access to digital resources only, there are no fines or fees associated with the account.

What resources will my child/student be able to access for free with their Connect Card?

Connect Card offers access to all online resources and eMedia with the exception of Tumblebooks and Hoopla. This includes free access to eBooks, eAudiobooks, articles, eMagazines, music, dozens of databases and more. There are materials in different reading levels and languages, and all are accessible from school and home. For a full list of resources, including descriptions, please visit the ConnectFVRL homepage.

Is the library monitoring what my student/child is checking out or accessing?

No, the library doesn't monitor materials or resources accessed through the Connect Card. We encourage you to talk to your student/child about how they are using their account.

Can I opt out or opt back in to the Connect Card for my child?

Students from participating school districts are automatically enrolled in the ConnectFVRL program. However, we realize that some families may wish not to participate. To opt out or to opt back in to the ConnectFVRL program, please contact your child’s school directly.

How can I get a library account for myself?
Learn how on our Library Accounts page.

For educators

ConnectFVRL makes it easier than ever for teachers to incorporate digital resources from the public library into their curriculum. 

What do I need to know to get started with ConnectFVRL?

Please review our Connect Card Tutorial for a short 15-min overview of the program, helpful classroom handouts, and additional resources.

Will teachers get a ConnectFVRL account?

Connect Cards are only for students. But if you need a library account, you're welcome to use our online library card sign-up. This will provide instant access to our digital collection. If you sign up online for a library card for school use, please use the following information in your application:

  • Middle Name: Teacher – School District Name
  • Address: School District Main Office Address

We also offer a special account for educators, with higher checkout limits and longer checkout periods. Learn more on our Library Accounts page.

I want to check out one title for my entire class to read together. Is this possible?

Just like with physical books, the library has a set number of eBooks and eAudiobooks that can be checked out at one time through Overdrive (eBooks and eAudiobooks). Usually, we do not have enough copies of one title to lend out to an entire class through these resources. To learn more about our eBook services, please review this handout: eBook and eAudiobook Basics.

What kind of assistance does FVRL provide to teachers and their students about Connect Card?

FVRLibraries staff are happy to help you and your students. Topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Guidance on research projects
  • Getting started with Connect Card
  • Book talks
  • Library tours
  • One-on-one online resource assistance for teachers/educators

If you want to talk with staff about arranging a classroom visit, getting one-on-one assistance with resources, or discussing other possible opportunities, please contact us.

Can I request more information or schedule a classroom visit?

Sure! Just fill out our question/comment form.

Resources offering Curriculum Support

Explore the subset of FVRL's resources that offer curriculum and lesson-planning support. In most instances, look for the term "Educator Resources" in a corner or behind a menu icon.

NoveList Plus

Find a great read through subject headings, reviews, annotations, and much more. Access Author Read-alikes, Book Discussion Guides, BookTalks, and Feature Articles.

NoveList K-8 Plus

Discover new titles, series, and authors for kids and teens to enjoy. Find Author Read-alikes, Book Discussion Guides, BookTalks, and Feature Articles.

TumbleBooks

Peruse animated, talking picture books, early chapter books, puzzles, and resources for kids and families in TumbleBooks. Includes a limited number of books in French, Spanish, and other languages.

ProQuest

Access thousands of full-text magazines and newspapers, including peer-reviewed scholarly journals, covering a broad array of subjects and locations.

TeenBookCloud

Stream eBooks, graphic novels, videos, and audiobooks of high interest to tweens and teens, as well as classics and some teacher-assigned titles. You'll need an internet connection only—no downloading!

How does TeenBookCloud help teachers?

In many ways! Take a look at these TeenBookCloud features:

  • Most titles have reading level information on the title record page, including Accelerated Reader (A/R) and Lexile levels as well as publisher-suggested interest level grade ranges.
  • Some titles have accompanying lesson plans and quizzes linked on the title record page.
  • TumbleTracker lets teachers track their students' reading progress, assign books to read and quizzes to take, and tailor assignments based on student activity. (Find out more about TumbleTracker under "About" in the main menu.) You may request a TumbleTracker account by sending your teacher email address to info@tumblebooks.com.

World Book Online for Kids

Find articles, games, science projects, interactive tools, and activities covering a variety of subjects for elementary and middle-school students.

Britannica ImageQuest

Use Image Quest for more than two million images which may be used in assignments, activities, projects and other non-commercial educational uses.

CultureGrams Online

Use CultureGrams to find maps and information on the peoples and cultures of over 185 countries, all 50 states in the U.S, and the provinces and territories of Canada. Includes a Kids Edition, too.

Middle School (Gale in Context)

Find resources on a wide range of subjects in this one-stop research source (including citation information) aimed at upper elementary and middle school students.

Biography (Gale in Context)

Search for people in articles and books, based on personal facts such as name, birth and death year, nationality, ethnicity, occupation, and gender.

U.S. History (Gale in Context)

Find primary documents, reference books, journal articles, and scholarly analysis on periods and events in our history.

ABCmouse

Available in library only.
Especially for young children: learn pre-reading and reading skills through games, music, and puzzles. Create your own account, so you can log back in each time you visit the library.

Explora

Find articles and information on a wide range of topics, ranging from current events to history, arts and literature to science and math.  Find supporting documents for school assignments, including curriculum guides. Note: You search MasterFILE and History Reference Center all at once.

Opposing Viewpoints (Gale in Context)

Research viewpoint essays, topic overviews, images, podcasts, articles, graphs, tables, and charts on a variety of current topics.

World Book Early Learning

Read, play, watch, and do! Activities for pre-readers and beginning readers.

PowerKnowledge: Earth & Space Science

Watch a volcano erupt! Play games, find project ideas, and have fun learning about ecosystems, space, energy and matter, maps, climates and more in Power Knowledge.

PowerKnowledge: Life Science

Worried about polar bears? Study them and other animals, adaptation, habitats, the human body, food chains, green living, extinct species, and more in Power Knowledge.

PowerKnowledge: Physical Science

What goes up must come down. You’ll find more about gravity, atoms, motion, temperature and more, with videos and games to explain it all in Power Knowledge.

Educator's Reference Complete (Gale OneFile)

Find academic articles, reports, news, book reports, and more in the field of education. Gain insight on issues in administration, funding, and policy. Best for educators, administrators, and education students.

Science Online

Look for experiments, images, videos, and articles on recent events and discoveries in a range of science areas.

Science (Gale in Context)

Find authoritative science information: full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, experiments, images, videos, audio files, and links to vetted websites.

World History (Gale in Context)

Find scholarly analysis, articles, references, and primary documents covering the past 5,000 years.

Issues & Controversies in American History

Explore key players and the battles they fought to see how they shaped our nation.

Black Freedom Struggle in the United States

Find historical newspaper articles, pamphlets, diaries, correspondence and more from specific time periods in U.S. history marked by the opposition Africana Americans have faced on the road to freedom. Materials may be used for homework assignments, personal inquiry, research papers and National History Day type-projects focused on African American history in the U.S.

Research Rocket

Explore topics, trends and current events that align with curricular areas such as English, Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, Technology, Arts, History and more. Also available remotely 24/7 on any device.