Using the Library

LIBRARY STAFF

Miss S. Blom, Head of Library and Teacher-Librarian
Mrs. B. Wilson, Teacher-Librarian

 

LIBRARY HOURS AND ROUTINES

The library is open to students throughout the school day for research, reading, study, and other school-related activities, it is also open before and after school between bus drop-off and pickup.  Your student card is your library card.  When borrowing materials, please present your student card to a member of the library staff.

LOAN PERIODS

Regular loan periods are three weeks with one renewal.  DVD/video material loans are for one week.

OVERDUES

  • Students are responsible for returning all materials by the required due date.  Fines are charged at the rate of $.10 per school day per item.
  • Library overdue and fine notices are no printed except for major reminders at the end of the semester.  Check the date stamp in the back of your book, or sign in to the Library Learning Commons and check out your borrowing status under the “My Account” tab.  Students are expected to respond to the first notice and return materials or clear fine accounts promptly.
  • Lost library materials incur fines until the book has been paid for–the fine is the replacement cost of the item. To avoid large fines, be sure to speak to someone in the library as soon as your book goes missing.
  • All outstanding fines and lost or overdue book obligations must be cleared up before you can write your exams.
  • Netbooks and iPads are avaiable for overnight borrowing–however, a waiver must be signed by parents/guardian before after-school circulation will be permitted.

COMPUTER ACCESS

  • Computers are reserved for academic purposes only,  and classroom use receives the first priority.
  • The computers in the school library are connected to the school-wide network and any use of this resource is an automatic acceptance of the WRDSB Acceptable Use Policy. Information about the Acceptable Use Procedure is also available in the student handbook.  Please review these regulations before using any computer equipment in the school.
  • Wireless access is available in the cafeteria and the school library. Each school is assigned a limited number of wireless access accounts, and each individual user request to the wireless network is processed through the Board’s Internet firewall.  If your request is denied, try again later.

SAVING YOUR WORK

The best place to save your work is in your school Google Drive.  This way it can be accessed on any internet connected device, anywhere there is a network connection.  Each student does have access to dedicated space on the Southwood network server to save his or her work at school.  Students may email saved work to their homes using the student email system. When transporting data from school computers to home computers via portable devices, students are encouraged to make use of virus software.

PRINTING FROM COMPUTERS

Each student receives 50 free  print credits at the start of the school year.  Additional print credits may be purchased in the school library. The minimum purchase is $1.00 for 20 credits.  We no longer offer colour printing in the library.  There is a colour printer, but it is located in the AV Tech office at the top of the ramp in the back corridor.

SCHOOL LIBRARY WEB PAGE

Our library site provides access to a wide range of electronic resources for research and study.  These resources may be used at school or at home.  Please see the Teacher-Librarian (or posted information) for user names and passwords for at-home access to our online databases and other electronic resources.

PHOTOCOPIER

The photocopier in the library is password operated only for copying.  Students do not have pay copy access.  However, this copier also functions as a scanner.  If you need to make a copy of notes or a worksheet, scan it and save to a thumb drive, or email it to your school GMail account (username@wrdsb.ca)

FOOD AND BEVERAGES

Food and beverages are not permitted in the library.  Please use the cafeteria area.