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Redwood City Library Launches Fine-Free Teacher Cards

Teachers Can Now Check Out Items for their Classrooms with no Late or Renewal Fines

Post Date:01/23/2017 10:13 AM
Jan.23, 2016
Media Contact:
Jeanne Sullivan, City Manager's Office
Redwood City Library Launches Fine-Free Teacher Cards
Teachers Can Now Check Out Items for their Classrooms with no Late or Renewal Fines

REDWOOD CITY, CALIF. -To improve the library experience for the teachers of Redwood City, the Redwood City Public Library announced today that it now offers fine-free teacher cards. Redwood City Public Library has long supported the educators of our community with librarian visits, library tours,online curriculum support databases, and more. Teacher cards will further enhance the service provided to teachers with no fines on items checked out for the classroom.


Teachers, home school educators, preschool or day care providers who live in the City of Redwood City or North Fair Oaks are eligible for a teacher card, as are teachers who work in Redwood City School District, Sequoia Union High School District, Cañada College or private schools in Redwood City or North Fair Oaks. Benefits of the teacher card include no daily overdue fines and no renewal fines on Redwood City Public Library materials for classroom use.

"The Library partners with local educators in many ways to support the education of children in Redwood City and North Fair Oaks," said Derek Wolfgram, Redwood City Public Library director. "These new teacher cards provide one more tool to make it easier for children and teachers to access library materials to enrich their learning."


Fees associated with unreturned or damaged items will still be charged. Ultimately, removing late fines means removing barriers to library materials and services for teachers. Teachers have traditionally used their personal library accounts for checking out classroom materials. The teacher cards will allow them more freedom to check out materials for curriculum support without the worry of taking on personal fines.


In July 2016, the Peninsula Library System eliminated daily overdue fines on children's and teens' library cards, another step forward in improving library access for the children of Redwood City.


Teachers may sign up for a teacher card by downloading and filling out the application and bringing it to any Redwood City Public Library branch.

About the City of Redwood City
The City of Redwood City is a San Francisco Bay Area community located in the heart of Silicon Valley, the technology-rich region extending from the San Francisco Peninsula to the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Redwood City is the third largest city within the County of San Mateo, with 82,881 residents. The city enjoys an average of 255 sunny days a year, which it boasts via the city slogan: "Climate Best by Government Test". Incorporated in 1867, Redwood City will mark its Sesquicentennial Year with celebrations beginning in May 2017.Redwood City is home to the San Mateo County History Museum (located in the county's old courthouse) and the only active deep water port within the south bay of San Francisco. The city's vibrant downtown, quickly becoming known as the entertainment hub of the San Francisco Peninsula, offers residents, visitors, and businesses a unique retail, entertainment, and restaurant experience. For more information, visit the City of Redwood City's website at, or follow Redwood City on Twitter@Redwood City, and on Facebook.

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