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.

CLASS SCHEDULING:

Teachers can sign their classes up to use the media center on a first come basis. This includes book checkout, projects, and research.

CIRCULATION POLICY:

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.

OVER DUES:

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 list.

COMPUTER/INTERNET USE:

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.

EXPECTATIONS:

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.