Operation and Circulation

Operation and Hours:

Monterey Trail High School/Edward Harris, Jr. Middle School is a joint-use 7-12 library serving both the Edward Harris, Jr. Middle School and Monterey Trail High School students and faculty. We are not a public library.

The library opens at 7:30 A.M. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, and closes at 3:30 P.M. The library is closed on Thursdays before and after school. The library is closed after school on minimum days. The library is closed during the day when textbooks are being returned and distributed. It is open before and after school on those days. On days when the library will need to be closed because of meetings or emergencies, notification of closure will be posted on the library doors.

Circulation:

  • School policy mandates that students carry a school ID card every day. In order to put textbooks in the hands of our students in a timely manner, the library staff accepts student ID cards, schedules or teacher identification of a student in person when checking out a textbook. To check out a library book, student ID is required.
  • There is three book limit on the number of library books a student may check out at one time. This does not include core novels or textbooks.
  • Students may check out library books for a two week period of time.
  • Renewals: Students will be allowed one two week renewal on a book and then the book must be returned.
  • Research materials that are on reserve for a pre-designated period of time, because they are being used by several classes for class research projects, are not available to be checked out from the library but may be freely accessed in the library during library hours.
  • Reference texts cannot be checked out from the library for personal use but are readily available during library hours.
  • Any book not available in the school’s site collection, but located at another participating school district library, can be requested via an inter-library loan.
  • Audio-visual material is not available for student checkout but is available for viewing or listening during library hours.
  • The library uses a web-based catalog. Students may access this catalog from the library web page.
  • Holds may be placed at the circulation desk. Books on hold are held for one week at the circulation desk. The library will place a one-day hold as a courtesy on books available in the library for students who do not have their student ID in their possession at the time of checkout.
  • Fines are not accessed for late books but students are placed on the non-activities list and library check-out privileges are suspended until the books are returned. Fines are assessed for lost or damaged library books.

The Monterey Trail High School and Edward Harris, Jr. Middle School Library Media Center supports and complies with EGUSD policy concerning lost, stolen, damaged, or overdue books. If library materials or property are willfully damaged, the offending student will come under the disciplinary policies outlined in the Education Code. If a lost or stolen book is returned within one year of checkout and the book is still a currently adopted textbook, a full refund will be given. Any student who has overdue, damaged, lost or stolen books may not check out library materials until all books have been returned or fines paid. Notification of these fines will be mailed to the parents or guardians by the school district twice during the school year and at the beginning of the new school year. Attempts will be made to contact parents/guardians by phone or School Loop mail if books are overdue for a long period of time. If payment in full cannot be made at the time the fine is assessed, students and their families may pay off the fines in installments. In the case of stolen books, a stolen property report must be filled out and the issue discussed with the administration. The school has a cut-off date for payments made by personal check; only cash, money order or cashier’s check will be accepted after that designated date. Parents/guardians can also order replacement books online, but must follow library guidelines for purchase. This document is available from the library staff or online on the library's webpage.

The following consequences will be implemented to facilitate books returns or to secure payment for lost, overdue, damaged or stolen books:

  • Middle School report cards will be held Terms 1.
  • Middle School students will not be able to participate in activities including promotion.
  • High School students cannot attend dances, prom, homecoming or senior ball.
  • High School students may not be able to participate in graduation rehearsal.
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