media center

Policies and Procedures

Welcome to Russell Dougherty’s Library Media Center.  The Library Media Center is a fully automated self-service resource center for all of its patrons.  The Library Media Center is staffed from 8:05am to 3:35pm by a certified full-time Library Media Specialist and a part-time Media Assistant.  Students visit the Library Media Center individually, in small groups, or with their class to circulate books, conduct research, work on special projects and engage in quiet reading.  A wide range of children’s literature is made available to help students acquire a love of books.

Library Media Center Rules

  • Come prepared – bring your books.

  • Work quietly so you do not disturb others.

  • Use shelf markers when looking for books.

  • Ask for help if you can’t find what you want.

  • Turn pages carefully and always use a bookmark.

  • Treat books with respect so they can be returned without damage.

  • If your book does get damaged tell your librarian immediately.

  • Turn books back on time.

The following guidelines have been established in order that all students may have access to materials and share in the responsibility for those materials.

Kindergarten:  two books for a one-week period.
First and Second Grades:  four books for a one-week period.

Students in K-2 are limited due to content to books on the Everybody side of the library. Second grade is granted full access when we return from Winter Break. As always, books that are checked out for pleasure reading can be returned at any time, for any reason, to get a new title.

Third through Fifth Grades:  four books for a two-week period.

Books may be rechecked if additional reading time is needed.

AUDIO BOOKS: We have a limited supply of audio books in Play-away formats. Students in 2nd - 5th grade may check these out with an audiobook contract on file (due to the larger expense if one is lost or damaged). If batteries die while you have it, please send in a new battery and let us replace it. (The little covers cost $5.00 to replace if lost or broken).

GRAPHIC NOVELS: All Graphic Novels are limited to one at a time. This includes Comic Novels, like Dog Man, etc., to guarantee that every child has an opportunity to check one out. Our younger grades have Graphic Novels in the Everybody section to access and are again limited due to content to the larger collection.

OVERDUE BOOKS:  If a child has an overdue book, he/she will receive an “overdue notice”.  The notices are printed on a weekly basis and are delivered to the child’s teacher.  No fines are charged for overdue books.  Students are encouraged to return their books in a timely manner so they can check out new books.

DAMAGED BOOKS:  If a book is damaged please do not attempt to fix the book.  Return the book to the Media Center so an attempt can be made to successfully repair the damaged item.

REPLACEMENT COST:  Books that are lost, stolen or damaged beyond repair will require replacement by the responsible individual.  Books that are damaged by water or other liquids will need to be replaced if mold has damaged the book.  Replacement prices are based upon current prices available from catalogues, Books-In-Print and other professional resources.

RESERVING LIBRARY BOOKS:  Students can request that a book checked out to another patron be placed on hold for them.  The student is notified when the book is available and will be held until the end of the second day.  If the book is not picked up it will be returned to the shelf or given to the next student on the hold list.

DONATED BOOKS:  Book donations will be accepted with the understanding that they may or may not be placed in the library media collection.  The Library Media Specialist will determine the inclusion of an item in the collection based upon the same slection criteria as materials that are purchased by the District.  Donations become property of Edmond Public Schools when they are cataloged and included in the Library Media Collection.