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                                  Library Rules and Procedures

 General Rules

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 or drink is permitted. This holds true for the professional lab as well as the main library space. 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 .

Overnight/Reference 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 short story books. Students who are working on an 11th grade short story research paper are highly encouraged to photocopy their story/stories during the one-week circulation period. The fine for books with a blue due date card is a dollar per day, to be adjusted as needed.

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 secretary.


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; the librarians and library staff do not 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. 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 periods when the library has one or fewer classes scheduled in its main space. 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 sign in at the circulation desk upon entering the library and stamp their pass 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 only when the library has no 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. Students with study hall passes must sign in at the accessioning table (at the main doors) upon entering the library and stamp their agenda page or pass at the circulation desk 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 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 written and/or t.v. announcements.

Excluding time visiting the library with subject classes, students may only visit the library ONE TIME per day for the whole period, regardless of pass type. This ensures that adequete resources will be available to all during any given period of the school day. Therefore, students with multiple study halls on any given day should carefully consider the most beneficial time for them to patronize the library.


Beginning the week of February 28, 2010, the library will no longer be accepting 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. Hopefully, our instituting and enforcing this new library policy, approved by Mr. Piperato, will make for a smoother-running workplace for everyone.



Computer Use                                                      

The Emmaus High School Library offers computers for scheduled class use in both its main space (60 HP ProOne 400 series with Windows 7 Pro 2009) and in its professional lab (30 Dell OptiPlex 760 series with Windows XP 2002). Computers are available for general student use during the pre-homeroom 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.

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 computer use, the following are not permitted:

       Ø e-mail              Ø videos                     Ø flash drives             Ø I Pods/MP3 players

       Ø games             Ø chat rooms             Ø forums/blogs           Ø any other external device




    Students may listen to music while researching only if they have their own headphones available and access their music at a respectable level from the computer itself. A link in the Music folder of Project Bookmarks makes music online easy to locate.

    Moodle is the best/most reliable way to transport info. to and from EHS. Students may burn their information on a disc so they may transport it. 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; orange and blue (colored) date cards generally denote a stiffer, dollar-a-day fine for higher-demand items.

Fines are usually adjusted so that, when late materials are brought back to the library, students do not pay more than half the price of the overdue item. An exception to this occurs with short story books and 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 book.

The East Penn School District is an equal opportunity education institution and will not discriminate in its educational programs, activities or employment practices on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, ancestry, disability, union membership or other legally protected classification. Announcement of the policy is in accordance with state and federal laws, including Title VI, Title IX, Section 504 and Americans with Disabilities Act. Copyright 2009 East Penn School District.
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