Dean to expand public, school library partnership

Tuesday, April 13, 2010 at 11:45pm

A program that brings books from the Metro Public Library to the classroom will likely be expanded to include all Metro high schools.

During his budget hearing Tuesday with Metro Nashville Public Schools, Mayor Karl Dean today said he intends to provide funding in next fiscal year’s budget to expand what’s known as the Limitless Library program.

Launched in February at Pearl-Cohn, Hillwood and Hillsboro high schools, the program has granted participating schools access to the public library’s collection of 1.5 million items, which includes electronic books, laptop computers, DVDs and CDs.

Under the pilot program, books and other resources are made available to students and teachers through a delivery service, allowing materials to arrive within two days after the initial request.

By ordering books together, Dean has said the program in the long run would save the city money by breaking down the “duplication of services” carried by Metro schools and the public library.

The partnership between schools and public libraries is a “rational way to use resources,” Dean has previously said.