Students who take advantage of the library’s resources–its materials and staff alike–are expected to comport themselves respectfully, with consideration for those around them, and to work quietly. No food consumption is permitted. Beverages are allowed if handled responsibly. Lids are required, and patrons are responsible for any damage due to liquids. Students may sign-out EHS library materials with their own ID cards only; people may not sign out library materials for other individuals.
Regular circulation time is three weeks, and there is a five-cent fine per day* for overdue materials in this category. Such materials can be identified by their white due date card. All fiction books fall into this circulation category.
Overnight circulation materials can be identified by their orange due date card. There is a one dollar per day fine* for overdues of this type. It is especially important that students return these materials in a timely manner because they are often part of a collection pulled especially for a particular project. Other students may wish to use the same materials during the same time period. *See special fine section at bottom of page.
The only other circulation special circumstance involves a blue due date card. This signifies a week-only circulation time period, which is almost exclusively reserved for DVDs. The fine for items with a blue due date card is a dollar per day, to be adjusted as needed.
Reference books do not circulate. Students are invited to photograph pages with their cell phones in order to use them for research.
Books checked out at the very end of the school year are not due back until the beginning of the next school year. There are no designated library hours over the summer break. Contact the main office to schedule your visit with the library administrative assistant.
Pre-signed and Study Hall Passes:
Pre-signed passes (generally rectangular yellow or white slips) are issued by specific subject teachers at the teacher’s discretion. Neither the librarian nor the library staff members issue such passes. Pre-signed passes are intended for students who cannot complete specific assignments adequately during their class time in the library and/or in their study hall room and need to use the resources of the library. The staff encourages this intent and discourages their use as licenses merely to meet friends and socialize. To this end, beginning on January 3, 2020, students visiting on pre-signed passes will be asked to sit at the tables or computers immediately adjacent to the circulation desk, where they can best focus and receive speedy staff assistance, if needed. Starting with the 2013-14 school year, pre-signed passes MUST be issued from the subject teacher making the specific assignment and contain a brief blurb stating the nature of that assignment.
The library will accept pre-signed passes during all periods, every day after the 1st scheduling cycle in September. The staff reserves the right to reject unauthorized passes, and teachers are encouraged to use only the standard passes when issuing pre-signeds. Students with pre-signed passes must electronically sign in and out using an online Google Form upon their arrival and departure. Students with pre-signed passes are expected to be doing the assigned work for the teacher who issued their pass during their library stay. No pre-signed passes will be accepted during the two review days before end-of-the-year final exams. Early dismissal students who wish to stay in the library during period 9 must obtain pre-signed passes–preferably from an AP.
Study hall passes (written permission in the student agenda book) Study hall passes are honored when the library has one or fewer classes scheduled in its main space. A total of four students (first come, first served) from each designated study hall will be permitted per library period open to such passes. Pre-signed passes do not count toward the limit of four passes. Students with study hall passes must electronically sign in and out using an online Google Form upon their arrival and departure. There is more latitude by the library staff given to students on study hall passes; that is, such patrons are not necessarily expected to be diligently working on specific projects. Though no non-academic computer games are allowed, they may surf acceptable web sites and/or talk quietly.
Students can learn which pre-signed and study hall periods are available to them by checking the daily announcements.
Excluding time visiting the library with subject classes, study hall students may only visit the library ONE TIME per day for the whole period. This ensures that adequate resources will be available to all during any given period of the school day. There is more flexibility for multiple visits with pre-signed passes, as students may have passes from different teachers in a single day. Students with multiple study halls on any given day should carefully consider the most beneficial time for them to patronize the library.
As of February 2010, the library no longer accepts non-standard passes, and students presenting them will be sent directly back to their classroom or study hall. Study hall students should present their signed agenda book only, and pre-signed pass students should only present the standard (usually yellow) printed passes. Students whose names appear on the library restricted list may not work in the library on any type of pass until their library obligations are resolved. The restricted list is updated every month. Students on pass restriction may not visit the library on any type of pass.
The Emmaus High School Library offers computers for scheduled class use in its main space for students without devices (21 HPs with Windows 2010 and a cart with 30 Chromebooks). Computers are available for general student use during the pre-period 1 time and during varying times during the regular school day and after-hours.
The library has one photocopier machine, several black-and-white printers and one color printer for student use. There is a fee of ten cents per page for the photocopier and twenty cents per page for the color printer. Black-and-white copies are free to students (up to ten pages per research article); a fee of ten cents per page is assessed for amounts over the ten-page limit for black-and-white copies. Students are encouraged to share documents electronically via Google Drive, rather than print, whenever possible.
The EHS Library adheres to the rules of the East Penn School District and its current Acceptable Use Policy. Near each library computer is an easily-read reminder containing the information immediately below.
Concerning electronics use, the following are not permitted:
- Personal E-mail (EPSD gmail acceptable)
- non-educational videos, games and forums/blogs
- Flash drives
- Chat rooms
- Any other external device
- phone calls/photography using personal devices for non-academic purposes
Google Docs is the best/most reliable way to transport information to and from Emmaus High School. Saving information to the district’s network (H drive) under their ID# is another option, but students should be advised that they will not be able to access this drive from home.
As previously stated, the color of the card slipped into the book jacket at checkout hints at the fine for overdue materials.
White due date cards generally denote a nickel-a-day fine; colored due date cards indicate a stiffer, dollar-a-day fine for higher-demand items.
When late materials are returned to the library, a fine that has accrued to reach the cost of the book is generally halved. An exception to this occurs with DVDs for the junior-year Life on the Silver Screen project. Because “holding these items hostage” for longer than the one-week circulation time severely hampers other students’ ability to use them, the dollar-a-day fine stands in full until the fine reaches the purchase price of the DVD.
Patrons who have lost library items have 60 Destiny catalog days during which to replace the item in kind rather than in cash/check form, if desired. After 60 days, the library will only accept monetary reimbursement (update to the EPSD Board Policy – summer 2018).