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SAIL – Student Access to Improved Learning

SAIL - Student Access to Improved Learning

What is SAIL?

SAIL is your key to the world of information and learning tools available from the Anne Arundel County Public Library.

It is a special library account, which you can use to borrow books, magazines, journals, online encyclopedias, educational DVDs and other resources from the Anne Arundel County Public Library. It also lets you use premium resources like language learning or live homework help.

Check out up to three items with no fines, but you still need to return the books on time!


How does it work?

SAIL works just like a regular library card, only there’s no plastic card to keep track of.

Your SAIL number is made up of a prefix code and your student number.

Public School SAIL Number:
Example of a student library card number, it always begins with 21997080 with your student  id number after it


Private School SAIL Number for participating private schools.:

Private School Sail Number Prefix: 21997811

Important – your SAIL number has a six-digit PIN, which is set to the digits in your birthday. 
For example, if your birthday is 10/18/2008, your PIN is 101808
. You can change your PIN anytime you want online or ask the friendly staff at the library to change it for you. 


Where can I find my student number?

You can ask your teacher. If you go to a public school in Anne Arundel County, you can also find your student number on your report card.


How do I use SAIL at the library?

Easy!  – when you check out a book, just tell the staff you have a SAIL account and tell them your student number and school name. You can also show them your student ID 

Can I use the library’s catalog, online books and magazines?

Yes! Your SAIL number works just like a library card. Anytime the Library’s website asks for your library card number, just enter your SAIL number. You can also use any of the library's eResources to access ebooks, audiobooks, stream videos, etc. with your SAIL number and PIN.

What if I have more questions?

Use our Ask a Question form on many pages of this website to find the answers you need. You can always call or visit your nearest library branch for more help. 


Participating Schools

  Anne Arundel County Public Schools         Arundel Christian School


Are you a Private School representative (principal, headmaster, librarian, administrative staff representative) that is interested in acquiring SAIL accounts for your students? Please fill in this form and someone will contact you.



How to Use Your SAIL Card