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Library: Rules & Policies

Library Collection

The Stevens Library Media Center collection includes print, multimedia, and online resources. Print resources include books, magazines, and reference materials. Multimedia resources include audio and video cassettes, maps, globes, and DVDs. Online resources include our website and access to the district's subscription databases and websites.

We also can request materials from other schools in our district.

The collection is designed to support the grade -evel curriculum and provide age-appropriate literature for recreational reading.

The library collection is cataloged in a computerized database called Destiny. We search the online catalog through the Internet, and you can search the Stevens Library Media Center collection from home.

Borrow books--we encourage it

Stevens Superstars are encouraged to borrow from our extensive collection of books and magazines. Each student has a unique patron barcode for his or her library account. Since our circulation is computerized, it serves as a means of verifying that library materials are being checked out to the correct patron.

Rules for Proper Use and Care of Library Materials

1. Students will care for and protect library materials from loss or damage due to water, foods, pets, coloring, or otherwise.

2. Students will return library materials in a timely manner. Students with overdue library materials may not be permitted to borrow additional materials. Library materials that are overdue for 2 months will be presumed lost and billed for replacement cost.

3. Students will be held responsible for the replacement cost of library materials lost or damaged beyond repair. The replacement cost and the extent of the damage is to be determined by the Library Media Specialist.

Loan Period

Library materials are checked out for a one week loan, and may be renewed by the student twice, on or before the due date. Books that are currently on loan may be placed on reserve by another student. Books that have been placed on reserve while out on loan may be renewed only once.

Overdue and Lost Books

When a student is two weeks late in returning library materials, a written overdue notice is given to the student. Further borrowing may be suspended until the overdue materials are returned. Repeated overdue notices may be sent.

After a library book is two months overdue, it is presumed lost and a bill is generated. A letter is mailed home, along with a copy of the book's record showing the replacement cost. Upon payment, a letter of receipt is sent home with the student.

If a library book is returned to the Library Media Center within the same academic year that it was lost, any monies paid will be refunded.

Damaged Books

When a book is returned to the library in a damaged condition, the Library Media Specialist will attempt to determine the cause and extent of the damage. Sometimes a book can be repaired to make it suitable for circulation. Other times, the damage is irreparable, and a replacement cost will be determined.

When a book is damaged beyond suitability for circulation, a letter is mailed home, along with a copy of the book's record showing the replacement cost. Upon payment, a letter of receipt is sent home with the student.


Stevens Library Media Center

Heidi Brower, LMS

Francis L. Stevens Elem. School

25 Lakehill Road

Ballston Lake, NY 12019

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