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Community Connection

The Buford City School System (BCSS) media centers are great student resources. Over the past several years, we have partnered with the Gwinnett County Public Library (GCPL) to help students CONNECT academically with access to the full range of resources available at the GCPL system. The information below will help you better understand this program and all it offers our students.
Q: What will students have access to?
A: Students will have FULL access to the print and digital resources of the county library system at any of the 15 branches around Gwinnett and online.
Q: What about my current GCPL account?
A: Current GCPL accounts will be merged with the new COMMUNITY CONNECTION accounts.
Q: How does my student access their account?
A: Students will be able to use their BCSS lunch number and a PIN consisting of their birth month and day (example: 0629) to access the library system's print collection, research materials, digital resources, audiobooks, language learning, and so much more! 
Note: All families will be automatically registered in the COMMUNITY CONNECTION program unless they choose to "OPT-OUT" by selecting NO during the new student registration enrollment process.
Q: We live outside of Gwinnett County. Are we still eligible?
A: Yes, students who attend Buford City Schools, regardless of county residency, will be able to participate in the COMMUNITY CONNECTION program free of charge and will NOT accumulate overdue fees when using their COMMUNITY CONNECTION account.
Q: What information is shared with GCPL?
A: The following data will be shared with GCPL for account creation: first name, middle name, last name, home address, date of birth, school name, grade level, home telephone number, parent/guardian email address, parent/guardian name, and student lunch number.