• YALA - Youth Access Library Account

    What is a YALA?

    Youth Access Library Accounts (YALA) launch April 12, 2021! This joint partnership of the Hillsboro Public Library, the Hillsboro School District and Washington County Cooperative Library Services connects students to their public library by providing access to all HSD students who did not already have a library card in Washington County. 

    Who will receive a YALA?

    All students K-12 will receive a YALA unless: 1) They already have a WCCLS account 2) They were opted out of the sharing of directory information.

    Does it cost money?

    These library accounts are free to students and allow them to check out up to five books or audiobooks at the library along with up to 15 e-books or audiobooks on www.wccls.org with no overdue fines, the only fees which will be charged are for lost or damaged items. 

    How will students learn about their YALA?

    Students' classroom teacher or language arts teacher will share information about the YALA. They will also receive a message in Remind on April 12th with a link to more information: bit.ly/YALA2021

    How do students log in for the first time?

    Students 12 and under will be asked to change their username from a preselected list of colors and animals. It will then create a username like: red_dog_7365. Students 13 and over will be allowed to create their own username. Note: the username will be public if students choose to write book reviews or create book lists in their account. Watch this video to see a demonstration of how to log in for the first time.  

    Does the YALA expire?

    The YALAs will expire on January 15, 2022, but if students attend school in Hillsboro again next year their accounts will be automatically renewed. At any time, a student who wishes to expand their checkout options can get a general library card by visiting any WCCLS library.  

    What do students get with their YALA?

    At the Library: check out up to 5 books or audiobooks; place holds on up to 5 books or audiobooks, renew physical items up to 4 times, unless there is a hold on that item; no overdue fines

    Online: live tutoring and homework help; access to academic database to use for homework and research projects; ebooks and audiobooks through the Sora app

    Washington County libraries are committed to supporting education and promoting a love of reading for all children and teens in our community. Please visit your local library or www.wccls.org to learn about more resources that you and your child can access, including a variety of homework help databases. We hope this new library access will be a valuable tool for students. 

    Tell me about how you are keeping student data private.

    Please note that WCCLS takes steps to protect student privacy and confidentiality. WCCLS does not share names or personal information with other government agencies. Public libraries do not check immigration status or have access to parent contact information as part of this project. Students’ public library reading records are protected under Oregon law.

    Do you have a flyer with more information?

    Flyer in English  -  Flyer in Spanish

    Visit our student page for even more information.


Youth Access Library Account: expanding library access by partnering with Washington County Cooperative Services and HPL