NC Public Library Student Access

IC Imagine and the Buncombe County Public Library are partnering to support students’ ongoing education. We share the belief that a love of books and learning is a strong foundation for student success and we are working together to provide every IC Imagine student access to books and resources found at their public library.

All IC Imagine students are be able to use their Student ID number to access and borrow public library books and resources. This initiative is called StudentAccess.

Question: How will a student use their student ID account? 

Answer: Students will use their school ID number and PIN to borrow books or access the library’s services like e-books and online research. The default PIN is the last 4 digits of the student ID number.

Question: What can a student do with a student ID account? 

Answer: Student ID accounts allow students to borrow e-resources and access library databases just like any other Buncombe County Public Library card. Students can also borrow up to 10 print or audio books from the Buncombe County Public Library collection.

Question: Is the student account free? 

Answer: Yes, the student account is free. There are no overdue fines for student accounts, but students are responsible for any fees on lost or damaged books.

Question: How do I sign my child up for a student ID account? 

Answer: You don’t need to take any action to get a student ID account for your child.  All IC Imagine students from kindergarten to grade 12 will automatically be enrolled in this program. 

Question: What if I don’t want my child to have a student ID account? 

Answer: If you do not want your child to have access to library materials, you may opt out. Complete this opt-out form and return it to the front desk at IC Imagine or to any Buncombe County Public Library location. Be aware that students who opt out of StudentAccess will not be able to participate in classroom use of library resources unless they have a Buncombe County Public Library card and know the full card number and PIN.

Question: What if my child already has a Buncombe County Public Library card? 

Answer: Students may have both types of accounts. 

If you have StudentAccess questions, please contact Ellen Girardi ( or your local library.                                    

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the State Library of North Carolina.

State Library of North Carolina