HOURS OF OPERATION:
The Media Center is opened Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Students are allowed during both lunches unless a class is scheduled in the
media center. Permission from teachers is required except for after school hours
and lunch. The teacher must call the media coordinator or send a permission
slip/pass with the student.
Teachers can sign their classes up to use the media center on a first come
basis. This includes book checkout, projects, and research.
The media center operates on a flexible schedule. Students may checkout
fiction and nonfiction books for a three week period. Reference books can only
be checked out overnight and brought back by first period the next day. Students
are assigned only one patron number/library card to use throughout their high
school career. Magazines from the periodical room can be checked out with
special permission and for research papers. Current magazines and newspapers are
displayed daily for leisure reading. Materials may be renewed and or
placed on hold. Materials should be returned by the due date to the Book Drop, located at the Circulation Desk. Books are shelved by the
Dewey Decimal Classification and can be researched/located by using an online
Follett Program. The icon on the computer desktop is "OPAC" and each classroom
has access to the program.
Overdue notices are posted on the library window each week. Notices are also
sent to homerooms and classrooms periodically. Overdue fees of 5 cents per day
are charged at the discretion of the media coordinator. Students who have
overdue/lost books may not check out any other books until all fines have been
paid and all books returned. Damaged fees are also charged for lost book
pockets, date due slips, barcodes, etc. Charges are based on a county wide fines and fee
Students must get permission from the media coordinator before using a
computer. Nine computers are available in the library for student use with
internet access. A computer lab is located within the media center that has 28
computers for teachers to use with their classes. Teachers must sign up
with the media coordinator to use the media lab and another lab (207) located on
the 200 Hall. Sign ups are based on a first come basis. No students are allowed
in the labs without classroom teacher. Students must have a Columbus
County Schools Acceptable Use Policy signed and returned to the media
center before using the internet. No printing is allowed without media
coordinator's or classroom teacher's permission. Printing is 10 cents per page
in the media center.
Maintaining a desirable atmosphere in the Media Center is a responsibility
that is shared by all. There are study carrels for independent study and tables
for groups. All students should work quietly so that others are not disturbed.
Because the Media Center is home to valuable materials and equipment that could
be ruined by accidental spills, food and drinks are not permitted. The media center is available at both lunches as a quiet place for students to
read, do homework, study or browse materials. No socializing or talking
in the media center during lunches. No more than 2 people per table
during lunch. Taking care of furnishings is important. Bookshelves should be
kept straight. No books should be left laying on shelves or moved to other
areas. Magazines and newspapers should be returned to proper places.