Our MissionThe Library adopts the following mission statement:
The mission of The Brenda Brown Library is to ensure that students and staff are effective users of ideas and information.
This mission is accomplished:
* by providing intellectual and physical access to materials in all formats
* by providing instruction to foster competence and stimulate interest in finding, reading, viewing, and using information and ideas
* by working with faculty members to design learning strategies and develop a collection to meet the needs of students
(adapted from Information Power, American Association of School Librarians and Association for Educational Communications and Technology, 1988.)
* The library is a place for quiet research and study. Please preserve this atmosphere, even when the library is relatively empty.
* Please enter the library QUIETLY so that others will not be distracted. Socializing should be done elsewhere.
* The "Two Strikes" policy: If your conduct is not conducive to study and research, you will be asked to be quiet. If the behavior continues after an initial reminder, you will be asked to leave the library for the remainder of the block.
* Note that the History Porch is to be used only for SILENT study. No talking or group study is permitted in this room.
Computer UseLibrary computers may be used only to do academic research on the Internet, on databases, and for related word processing and graphics. Computers may not be used for games or chats or for Internet and email unrelated to academic work. You will be asked to relinquish use of the computer if you are not using it for bona fide academic purposes.
Food and DrinkTo protect books, computers and furniture, no food or drink is allowed in the Library. This includes candy bars, lollipops, small candies, gum and mints, water and ice. Please do not bring candy from the bookstore into the library. The library staff reserves the right to remove any food or drink from the library.
Circulation of MaterialsStudents sign out circulating materials. Non-fiction books, tapes and DVDs circulate for two weeks, fiction books for four weeks, and the circulation time may be renewed if there is no request for them. Reference books and periodicals do not circulate and must be used in the library. Reserve books may or may not circulate, depending on the recommendation of the teacher who makes the assignment.
Books and other library materials should be returned on time through the slot under the library office window. The library does not charge fines, but notices are sent when materials are overdue. Students are charged for the replacement of lost or damaged items.