UPDATED: Book Borrowing Guidelines

NEW:  Book Borrowing Guidelines During COVID-19 (Effective Now Until Further Notice)

Book Borrowing:  Students may borrow books by reserving them via our online LS2 System. 
    • Books put on reserve will be pulled by Librarian/Library Assistant and checked out to students.  Books will then be delivered to classrooms. 
    • Acellus students (students 100% online) may also reserve books via our online LS2 System and will be notified when books are ready for pick-up. 
    • All books can be checked out for 14 day.
    • Students with overdue books or unpaid fines will not be allowed to borrow books until books are returned or fines are paid. 
 
Book Renewals:
    • Students may renew a book up to two consecutive times. After that the book must be returned to the library for others to have an opportunity to borrow.
    • Books should be brought back to the library before the due date for renewal to avoid overdue book notices.
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Book Returns:  Check yellow Date Cards in books for return date.
    • Classes will have a box, bin, or basket for Library books to be returned in.  Either the Teacher or a student volunteer will return books to the Library Learning Center daily in the morning.
    • Acellus students can drop off their Library books to our front office.  There will be a designated book bin for book returns.
    • Return books in good condition – no physical damages or writing in book.
    • Protect books from damage. If raining, cover the books. (Refer to Book Care Tips Link).
 
Book Handling Procedures:  At Home
    • Students should wash and/or hand sanitizer before and after reading books.
    • PLEASE DO NOT WIPE DOWN OR CLEAN BOOKS WITH WATER OR ANY OTHER CLEANING AGENTS.  This can severely damage books.
 
Book Handling Procedures:  At School
    • When books are returned, they will remain untouched in the Library Learning Center for a minimum of 1-2 weeks.  Studies have shown that this is sufficient time for books to be cleared and available for borrowing again.
    • Any patron visiting the Library Learning Center is required to not only wear a mask, but also hand sanitize before entering and before touching any Library books/resources.
 

Fees:

    • Overdue book(s) – No fee will be charged.
    • Damaged or lost book(s) – A fee will be assessed to replace the book(s) for significant damages and/or if lost.  If books are damaged yet still in good enough condition to be circulated, a lesser fee will be assessed as determined by Librarian.
    • Refunds will be given if a lost book is found in good condition within 1 year of payment and copy of receipt is provided (per DOE guidelines).
 
 Overdue Book and Unpaid Fee Reminders:
    • Students with overdue books or unpaid fines will not be allowed to borrow until books are returned or fines are paid.
    • The following reminders will be made:
      • Quarterly reminders will be sent to all teachers by the Librarian/Library Assistant indicating an overdue book or unpaid fine. Homeroom teachers will remind students and families of the overdue book or unpaid fine via email, phone call, WebEx, or note in communication tablet/student planner.
      • If a book is still not returned after 14 days, a second reminder will be given out via same method as mentioned above.  Face-to-face students will receive a printed reminder.
      • If a book is still not returned after 14 days, a formal book bill will be sent home.
      • If a book is not returned or fine not paid, a second notification will be sent home.

 

Regular Book Borrowing (Guidelines Below are Suspended Until Further Notice): 

  • Students may borrow books during a scheduled library time, during recess, and after school.
  • It is highly recommended that students wear their name badges when borrowing books, but not required.
  • Students should check books for damages before leaving the Library Learning Center.
  • The due date stamp is on a yellow slip of paper in each book. Students with overdue books or unpaid fines will not be allowed to borrow books until books are returned or fines are paid.

 

Book Borrowing Renewal:

  • Students may renew a book up to two consecutive times. After that the book must be returned to the library for others to have an opportunity to borrow.
  • Books should be brought back to the library before the due date for renewal to avoid overdue book notices.

 

Book Returns:

  • All borrowed books should be returned to the Library by 8:30 AM on the due date.  To ensure smooth daily circulation, books returned the day before its due date is greatly appreciated.
  • Return books in good condition – no physical damages or writing in book.
  • Protect books from damage. If raining, cover the books while returning it to the library (Refer to Book Care Tips Link).

 

Fees:

  • Overdue book(s) – No fee will be charged.
  • Damaged or lost book(s) – A fee will be assessed to replace the book(s) for significant damages and/or if lost.  If books are damaged yet still in good enough condition to be circulated, a lesser fee will be assessed as determined by Librarian.
  • Refunds will be given if a lost book is found in good condition within 1 year of payment and copy of receipt is provided (per DOE guidelines).

 

Overdue Book and Unpaid Fee Reminders:

  • Students with overdue books or unpaid fines will not be allowed to borrow until books are returned or fines are paid.
  • The following reminders will be made:
    • Quarterly reminders will be sent to all teachers by the Library Assistant indicating an overdue book or unpaid fine. Homeroom teachers will remind students and families of the overdue book or unpaid fine via phone call or note in communication tablet/student planner.
    • If a book is not returned after 14 days, a formal book bill will be sent home.
    • If a book is not returned or fine not paid after another 14 days, a second notification will be sent home.