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Circulation & Orientation Policies

GARRARD COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL LIBRARY CIRCULATION & ORIENTATION POLICY

 

BOOK CHECKOUT

 

  • Only two (2) books may be checked out at a time.The OPAC (Online Public Access Catalog/card catalog) is available for use.
  •  Please Do NOT loan your book to a friend.Bring the book back to the library yourself and let  your friend check it out himself/herself.   You are responsible for any book checked out in your name.
  • Make sure both the book and card are stamped with the return date before leaving the circulation desk.  We are automated, but some books still have cards as backup.  
  • Books are due four (4) weeks from the day that they are checked out.In the event that the due date is on a day that school is not in session, the book is due the last day before the holiday or the first day school is back in session following the break. Always check the Date Due slip in the back of your book to see when the book is due. If you are not finished with the book in three weeks, you must bring the book back to the library to be rechecked.
  • When returning books, put them on the circulation (checkout) desk, not on the shelf.
  • Overdue books will be fined ten (10) cents per day, excluding weekends and holidays, that the books are overdue. Students will not be permitted to check out books until all fines are paid. Lost books must be paid for, as well. Any unpaid fines will carry over to next year and must be paid before students will be permitted to re-enroll. Seniors must pay all fines before graduation. Any senior with unpaid fines will not be permitted to go through graduation procedures.

 

ARRANGEMENT OF BOOKS/RESOURCES

  • Fiction books are arranged on the shelves alphabetically by the FIRST LETTERS of the AUTHOR'S LAST NAME, not by subjects, such as romance, animal stories, mysteries, westerns, etc.

              EXAMPLE: Carrie by Stephen King                       F

                                                                                                   Kin

  • Biographies are arranged on the shelves alphabetically by the FIRST LETTERS of the SUBJECT'S (the person about whom the book is written) LAST NAME.  

              EXAMPLE: Rebound: The Odyssey of Michael Jordan by Bob Greene                                                                                                                              B

                                                                                    Jor

 

  •   Non-fiction books are shelved numerically according to the Dewey Decimal System. 

                     EXAMPLE: Mythology by Edith Hamilton               398.2

                                                                                                            Ham

 

  •   Reference books are for library use only.  The dictionaries and the atlases are on stands. The encyclopedias are kept in the reference section. The latest editions of The World Book Encyclopedia and the almanac must be checked out with the librarian for use in the library only.

 

  • When in doubt about a book's location, check the OPAC (card catalog) before going to the shelves.

 

  •   Current issues of magazines and newspapers are located on the shelves in the main library.   Back issues of magazines are filed in the AV room. Back issues must be checked out with the librarian or library aide for use in the library only. If an article is needed from either magazines or newspapers, copies can be made for ten (10) cents per page. Return current issues to the appropriate shelves and return back issues to the librarian or library aide.

 

COMPUTER LAB USE

 

  • Students must check in with Mrs. Sutton before using computers.  Students’ names will be entered in the computer lab logbook.
  • All flash drives must be scanned for viruses before using them in the computer lab.  See Mrs. Sutton.
  • Only students with Internet permission forms on file in the office will be permitted to use the Internet.
  • Computers are for school use only.  Games, chat rooms, Hotmail (or other non-KETS email), music, etc. will not be permitted.  Downloading software to run programs for personal use will not be permitted.
  • Students will be expected to follow all Garrard Co. Bd. of Ed. Internet guidelines.

EXPECTATIONS FOR STUDENT BEHAVIOR

  • If a student is not with a class, he/she must have a signed/dated teacher pass in order to visit the library/computer lab. 
  • Due to the loss of books through unauthorized removal from the library, students will be asked not to bring backpacks to the library--NO EXCEPTIONS. 
  • Students will leave all gum, drinks, snacks, etc. in lockers.  Any of these items brought to the library will be discarded.
  • Students will bring all assignments, books, pencils, etc. with them to the library and will not expect to leave before the end of the period without permission from a teacher.
  • Students will work quietly.  Talkers will be asked to move/return class.
  • Students will try to find information first before asking for help.
  • Students will return borrowed items on time and in good condition.
  • Students will treat magazines and newspapers with care; do not cut out pictures, articles, etc. or write/draw on them.  Magazines and newspapers are for library use only.
  • Students will report any damaged materials promptly.
  • Students will return encyclopedias, reference books, etc. to their proper place or leave them on a table/counter for reshelving by an aide or librarian.
  • Students will treat library furnishings with care.  The chairs do not have rockers, and tables are not for sitting.
  • Students will keep the floors clean; there are several trashcans located throughout the library.
  • Students will behave appropriately at all times.  Those who do not will be reported to the office and/or returned to class.  PLEASE REFER TO GUIDELINES IN THE STUDENT HANDBOOK.