Library Policies

Welcome to the Highland Middle School Media Center.  The Media Center is a place for information access, the encouragement of reading, and the use of technology.  The Media Center provides a wide variety of resources which include reference materials (in both text and online formats), hardcover and paperback fiction, a wide selection of nonfiction books, biographies,  books on tape, magazines, newspapers, Internet access, computer programs, and more.  I hope that you will make good use of the library and visit it often.

                                                                                                Mrs. Durkel

                                                                                                Media Specialist




When can I come to the library?

After school

At lunch

Between classes

During the day with a pass from your teacher

During SRT (you must get an SRT pass from Mrs. Durkel BEFORE SRT)


How do I come to the library during SRT? 

If you would like to visit during your SRT period, come to the media center sometime during the day and ask for an SRT pass.  The pass will allow you to come to the library to do research or complete work on the computer.   SRT passes for the media center should NOT be used to check out or return books.

You must report to your SRT teacher first, show him/her your pass, and then come to the media center.  Bring homework with you, as you will not be allowed to go to your locker and will stay in the media center until the end of the SRT period.


How can I find out if the library has a book that I am looking for?

The online catalog or library browser is located on the computers in the media center.  It can also be accessed online from any computer with Internet access at the Highland Middle School website.



How many books may I check out?

 6th graders may check out up to three books on their account.

7th and 8th graders may check out up to five books.


How long can a book be checked out?

A book and books on tape may be checked out for two weeks. Reference books cannot be checked out.


What happens if I turn a book in late?

Fines for overdue books are 5¢ per school day for each item checked out.  Please return borrowed books on time. 


Can magazines be checked out?

Current magazines are on the display shelves for your use in the media center.  Current magazines may not be checked out.  Back issues are kept for up to three years in the rear storage area and can be checked out overnight. 


How many magazines may I check out?

You may check out up to three magazines. 


How long can magazines be checked out?

Magazines are due the next school day after they are checked out.  They are due before the beginning of first hour (Discover).


Is there a fine if magazines are returned late?

Overdue fines for magazines are 5¢ per class period for each magazine that is late.


What happens if I damage a book?

It is your responsibility to return all materials that you check out in good condition and on time.  Students that return materials in a damaged condition will be assessed a damage fee.  Current replacement costs are charged for badly damaged materials. 


What happens if I lose a book or magazine?

If you lose a book, you must pay for a new book. The minimum replacement cost for a book is $5.00 and can be much higher, depending on the cost of the book.  If you find a lost book after you have paid for it, bring the book to the library and you will be issued a refund.

The replacement cost for magazines is $7.50 each. 


Can I still check out a book if I owe a fine?

No.  Students with fines or overdue items are NOT allowed to check out any additional items until the items are returned and all fines are paid.