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Book Circulation Policy

Nichols Middle School Library Policies

  • Students may borrow 2 books at a time.
    • Considering extenuating circumstances (approved by the librarian), some students may be allowed up to 5 books at a time.
  • A student may keep a book up to 2 weeks.
    • If a student finishes with a book earlier, the student is encouraged to return it earlier in case someone else is waiting to read it.
    • If the book has no holds, the student may renew the book for 2 more weeks if more time is needed.
  • No late fines are applied for overdue books.
    • However, if a student has an overdue book, no additional books may be borrowed until the account is cleared.
  • If a book is lost or damaged, the student must pay for the replacement cost of the book.
    • No processing fees will be added.
    • A student may not borrow additional books until the account is cleared.
    • See the JISD Student Handbook: Page 15
  • Generally, students visit the library every 2 weeks with their ELA classes. If permitted by the ELA teacher, a student may visit the library with a pass during class time on other days.
    • Additionally, the library is also open before school at 7:45 AM for student use.
  • Students may hold books by logging into the online catalog, Alexandria.
  • eBooks are available for all students in addition to the print collection.
  • Students are encouraged to select whatever reading material is of interest to them.
    • Books marked YA contain mature content and are available only for 8th grade students.
    • Intellectual Freedom Self-Censorship Statement for Students
      • Reading is a joy, a privilege, and the right of every student.
      • As you select the library books you will read, please understand that every book is not the best choice for every student.
      • If a book is unappealing or offensive to you in any way, please return it and select another.
      • You know best what reading materials serve you and your family’s standards and beliefs.
  • According to JISD Board Policy, parents may be involved in their child's selection of reading material. Policy states: "In general, a student is afforded the opportunity to self-select library materials as part of literacy development and the library program. District staff may assist a student in selecting library material; however, the ultimate determination of appropriateness remains with the student and parent. Parents are encouraged to communicate with the campus librarian and their child's teacher about special considerations regarding library materials self-selected by their student."