Information for Using the Lake Braddock Library
School libraries are not like public or college libraries in some very important ways. They are essentially large shared resources staffed by teacher-librarians who collaborate with classroom teachers to provide students with the resources and skills necessary to perform research and to create knowledge for themselves over the course of their lifetimes. The librarians often teach every period of the day and then provide support for students and teachers before and after school. The reason that it is difficult to accommodate drop-ins is that the spaces are frequently booked for classes. It is also important to remember that the library is part of the school and that school rules must be followed in terms of attendance, passes, etc. The Lake Braddock Library has worked very hard in the face of decreasing staff to maintain the same level of service that students and staff have come to expect.
- Library Hours: 7:00 AM to 3:15 PM on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday (late bus days); 7:00 AM to 2:30 PM on Wednesdays and Fridays.
- Food and drink are not permitted in the library.
- In an emergency, exit the building and assemble across the street in front of the flag pole. Students need to stay with their teachers. Students who are not with their teachers need to stay with the librarians.
- Classes led by the librarians and teachers have priority over all other patrons in accessing the library’s computers.
- No passes are required before school.
- High school students may come to the library after school without a pass. Middle school students are required to have an agenda book signed by a teacher to use the library after school. This has always been a school rule at LBSS. Students will be asked to sign in and sign out. This is how we take attendance.
- Each student is issued a permanent library key tag to be used for their entire time at Lake Braddock. You must have a library key tag to check-out materials. Replacements cost $1.00.
- Books are checked out for three weeks with one renewal. Materials must be brought into the library to be renewed. Students with overdue materials are not allowed to borrow any additional materials until their accounts have been cleared. Reference items may be checked out by high school students for overnight use only. Items on class book carts may be checked out with permission from the teachers. Magazines do not circulate.
- In order to keep all materials available to all students, it is important that items be returned on time. Students are not charged overdue fines, but we do trust that materials will be returned in a timely manner in good shape. Full replacement cost is charged for lost or damaged items.
- During the day, students must have a pass from their teacher to come to the library unless they are coming with a class. This is a school rule. The school has designated the agenda books as the place where passes are written and the library will ask students to show it when they sign in.
- Lunch passes: High school students may sign up ahead of time in the library for a lunch pass, at which time the library staff will stamp the student’s agenda book. Students must have their agenda book to get a lunch pass. Teachers may not give a student a pass to the library during the student’s lunch period. This is because other teachers have reserved space in the library for their classes for that period. The librarians are teaching in the library spaces throughout the entire day.
- Middle school students are required to remain in the cafeteria during their entire lunch period. This is a school rule, not a library rule.