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PLAY Card Program

CHRL-PLAY-LOGO-HEADERWhat is the PLAY Student Library Card Program?

The PINES Library Card Access for Youth (PLAY) program gives students free access to fines-free public library materials and online resources to help them succeed in school. Cherokee Regional Library System (CRLS) partners with local schools in Walker and Dade counties to provide the PLAY program. Beginning May 1st, the program will be available for Walker County School students.

What are the benefits of the PLAY Student Library Card Program?

The public library provides free access to books and online resources to help your child succeed in school, as well as fun resources that help develop a lifelong love of reading. Your public library is available all year long, including during the summer months. The “Summer Slide” is the backward movement many children make when they forget what was taught to them in the previous year. Research shows that the number one thing that prevents the summer slide is reading books. It’s that simple. Those who read, succeed.

Benefits online at

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  • Search the PINES library catalog of over 11 million items for books, DVDs, audiobooks and other materials at over 300 libraries across Georgia
  • Place items on hold for free delivery to your library branch of choice
  • Store lists of books you’ve read and would like to read
  • Check out free downloadable ebooks and audiobooks for all ages
  • Access Explora, and online encyclopedia and EBSCO nonfiction ebooks…always available, all the time, with no waiting
  • Sign up for Mango…an interactive, fun way to learn another language
  • Access practice tests for the SAT, PSAT, and many others
  • And much more!
Benefits in-person at the library:

  • Ask our expert staff for book recommendations
  • Pick up books you’ve had delivered from other PINES libraries
  • Check out up to five items (books, DVDs, audiobooks, etc.)
  • Pay no late fines! (fees apply only for lost or damaged items)
  • Attend free S.T.E.A.M classes, Lego clubs, activities and special events
  • Enroll in our Summer Reading incentive program, and earn books for your at-home library!
Learn how to get started!

What is PINES?
Georgia Library PINES (Public Information Network for Electronic Services) is the public library automation and lending network for 300 libraries and affiliated service outlets in 53 library systems serving 146 counties in Georgia. It allows state-wide lending of over 11 million books, audiobooks and dvds.
How do I get started?
1. Visit
School System School ID code
Chickamauga City Schools GLS
Dade County Schools DCS
Walker County Schools WLK

2. Access any of our amazing digital resources. When asked for your library card number, type your 3-letter school ID code followed by your student ID number.
EXAMPLE: You are a student in the Walker County School System and your student ID number 12345. Type WLK12345
3. When asked for your password, type your 2-digit birth month and 4-digit birth year with no spaces.

EXAMPLE: Your birthday is August 31st, 2013. Type 082013
How do I check out materials in the library?
Just tell the staff member that you are a student, and show them your Student ID. If you have your number memorized, you can recite it and they will take care of the rest.
How much does the PLAY Card Program cost?
The account is free and library resources and services are free.
What about overdue fines and fees?
There are no overdue fines, but users are responsible for fees on lost or damaged items.
What schools are included?
Cherokee Regional Library currently partners with the Walker County Schools, Chickamauga City Schools and Dade County Schools. The program began in Spring of 2022.
Am I limited to using only Cherokee Regional Library branches?
No. You can use any of the 300 PINES partner libraries across the state, but you will need to tell front desk staff your 3-digit school code.
What if a student already has a PINES library card?
You can continue using the existing library card. Your PLAY account is separate and does not accrue fines.
What if I want my student to have full access to the library collections?
The PLAY account allows students to borrow 5 items at a time and have full access to online resources. If you want your child to borrow more items, you can apply for a free Cherokee Regional Library System PINES library card at any time. Visit your local library and bring your photo ID.
What happens when a student changes schools?
Students maintain the same PLAY account until they move outside of the school system or graduate. PLAY cards will renew October 15th of each year.
What happens when a student graduates?
The PLAY account will remain active until October 15th of the graduation year.
What about homeschool students?
A student can apply online for a library account that will give them immediate digital access. Click here to visit the PINES website and apply online, or visit your local library in person to apply for a library card. If under the age of 18, a parent/guardian’s contact information and consent are required.
Will parents/caregivers have access to see what the student has checked out?
Parents/caregivers will have the ability to see what is checked out on the account of a minor.
Is the information shared with the library confidential?
Yes, per Official Code of Georgia § 21-12-30(a) Confidential Nature of Certain Library Records.
What if I do not want my student to participate?

You may choose to opt-out of the program. Contact your school to opt-out.

Dade County School students can read more about the program on their school’s website. 

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