Student eCards

Lincoln Library and Springfield School District 186 have partnered to offer a free eCard for any student 18 and under whose residence is within the Springfield District 186 boundaries. This also applies to staff and teachers in public, private, and parochial schools.

A student eCard allows a cardholder access to all of Lincoln Library’s digital resources and will expire when the student turns 19 years old. 

District 186 students receive an eCard automatically at the beginning of each school year. 

If you would like to set up eCards for your school or your students, or if you have eCard issues, please use the Contact Us form.

Student eCard FAQs

Your eCard number is 3260000 + your 7-digit Student ID number 
Your PIN is your birthdate in MMDD format

Any student in grades K-12, living within the geographical boundaries of District 186, and enrolled in a public or private school, or homeschooled. If the student is not enrolled in a District school he/she must be at least 5 years old but no older than 19 years old.

There are no charges to get a Student eCard. There are no fines/fees charged for electronic resources.

Students attending a District 186 school are automatically signed up unless their parent/guardian signs an opt-out form at registration. Private schools and homeschoolers are encouraged to contact Lincoln Library to get their students eCards.

Parents and Guardians who have questions or concerns about the program are encouraged to discuss them with library staff, but may choose to opt out of the eCard program for their students. If you DO NOT want your student to receive a free eCard, please download and complete the Opt Out Form and return it to your child's school office. 

If a student moves into District 186 during the school year it may take a couple of weeks for their eCard account to be created. The student and parent/guardian may visit the library to expedite the process if they wish.

Student eCards are virtual cards so no physical card will be given. Lincoln Library will create an account for the student which will allow the student access to the online resources.

Students will be able to access Lincoln Library’s electronic resources from school or home. These resources include homework help, research databases, language learning, eBooks, and more. Students will not be able to check out physical material at the library unless their account is upgraded to a standard library card account.

The student can visit the library with his/her parent or legal guardian to upgrade the Student eCard to a standard library card. Any associated fines/fees for physical materials will apply. If the student lives outside of Lincoln Library’s service area the annual Non-Resident fee will apply.

Yes. Student eCard accounts are valid from August 1 to July 31 each year. If a student registers for the following school year the card will automatically be renewed. If a student graduates or moves out of the geographical boundaries of District 186 the eCard account will expire.

No. The Student eCard account only allows access to Lincoln Library’s electronic resources and cannot be used at any other library.

If your standard Lincoln Library card is expired the account will be updated to a Student eCard. If the standard Lincoln Library card is active (not expired) there will be no change.

Fines/fees already accrued on an active account will not be waived, but the student will still have access to Lincoln Library’s electronic resources. If the student wants to check out physical materials the fines/fees will need to be paid below the block limit.