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Student Access Passes

An MCPL Access Pass (library card) is the most awesome school supply a student can ever have! Now, at participating school districts, every student* has access to amazing resources 24/7 simply by using their student ID number. Students of all ages have free access to research materials and online resources to help with homework, school projects, and test preparation for Advanced Placement, ACT, and SAT tests. With an MCPL Access Pass, students will be able to access resources recommended by teachers in class or at home.

Most MCPL Access Passes can also make after-school life fun by allowing students to visit any of our locations for free programs, books, music, DVDs, Internet access, lots of downloadable resources, and more! Check your school district below to learn more.

Find out more about participating school districts and how students can start using their Access Passes below.

*Student ID numbers will used as the basis for MCPL Access Passes unless a student was opted out by their parents during the registration process.

What school districts are participating?

The following school districts have an agreement with Mid-Continent Public Library, which has the branches indicated within their area. Access passes from these school districts include access to physical and digital resources unless otherwise specified.

School Districts Nearest Library Locations
Center Red Bridge
Excelsior Springs Excelsior Springs
Fort Osage Buckner, North Independence
Grain Valley Grain Valley
Hickman Mills Blue Ridge
Independence North Independence, South Independence
Kearney Kearney, Excelsior Springs, Liberty
Lee's Summit Lee's Summit
Liberty Liberty, Woodneath Library Center
Lone Jack Lone Jack
North Kansas City Antioch, Claycomo, North Oak, Riverside
North Platte Camden Point, Dearborn, Edgerton
Park Hill* Boardwalk, Parkville, Riverside
Raytown Raytown
Smithville Smithville
West Platte Weston

*Access Passes for Park Hill students are limited to digital resources only.

What if my school district isn’t included?

MCPL is working with other school districts and hopes to bring more online in the near future. If your school doesn't participate yet, you can still apply for an Access Pass with all of the same privileges directly from the Library either at one of our locations or online at

How long are Access Passes valid for?

Student Access Passes are valid throughout the school year and are automatically renewed for each school year as long as the agreement with the school district continues and the student is enrolled in a participating district.

How does a student start using his/her account to access online and physical resources?

Each school system has decided on a special format for Student Access Pass numbers using a student’s ID number, as well as a format for a PIN that will be needed for an online catalog account. At school, the student’s teacher or media specialist can share that information with a student. Students can also visit their MCPL branch and ask staff for assistance.

  • Using online resources: When accessing any online resource on, type in the student’s Access Pass number (including the special school district-specific prefix, if assigned). Certain resource providers may ask that the student also create an account directly with them to track progress within that resource.*
    • In addition to research resources and homework help, our online resources include digital content that can be downloaded or streamed including eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, eMovies, and eMusic.
  • Checking out physical materials**: Students can search the online catalog and when they find materials (books, DVDs, audiobooks, etc.) that they would like to check out, they may visit any of our locations. To place holds, renew materials, and monitor their account online, they will need to use their Student Access Pass number and PIN to create their account in the catalog. (Any student under the age of 13 will be guided through creating a catalog account using information other than a Student Access Pass number and PIN to comply with COPPA regulations.)

*Some examples of resources that require separate accounts to track progress include Live Homework Help from and Mango Languages.
**Access Passes for Park Hill students are limited to digital resources only.

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