No ID's are required for borrowing materials at the Smith Media Center.
Fiction and nonfiction materials circulate for a 2 week period.
All materials are due back before the semester break, or grades will be held.
Students are not allowed to borrow materials for other students. In the case of a lost material, the student who borrowed the material is responsible for the replacement charge.
Students who have a history of repeated overdues and/or losing or damaging materials will lose all library privileges.
If a student is found defacing library material in any way, disciplinary action will ensue and the student will be responsible for replacing the item.
Items may be renewed if the student needs more time as long as another student is not waiting to borrow the material.
Items may not be renewed for an entire semester!
Putting an item on hold
If you wish to borrow material that is checked out, ask Ms. J how to place your name on a hold list for that material by using your library barcode number.
Students will be notified when an item they are waiting for has been returned to the library. Students will have three days to pick up their material before it is reshelved or passed on to the next person.
Interlibrary Loan/Reciprocal Borrowing
Interlibrary loan is the process by which students and faculty borrow materials from outside libraries. Students can search their public library system's webpage and place a hold in one of two ways:
- If a student wishes to have a material sent to his public library for individual pickup, the student should use her public library card barcode number and pin, which defaults to the last four numbers of the student's library card. The student will be responsible for picking up the item at the library, and any questions about wait times should be directed to the public library. Items received through this type of Interlibrary Loan must be returned by the student to any public library in his library system.
- If a student wishes to have a material sent to the Smith Media Center, the student should write down the title and ISBN number and bring the information to Ms. J, who will place the item on hold. Once the item has arrived at the Smith Media Center, it will be distributed to the student. NOTE: THIS PROCESS TAKES A BIT LONGER DUE TO ITEMS BEING MAILED TO THE LIBRARY. The Smith Media Center is responsible for returning all materials borrowed by Bishop McNamara students. Students should not return them to their public library.
- Students should never assume that an interlibrary loan material may be renewed.
- In most cases, students are limited to two interlibrary loan items at a time. Exceptions may be made for upperclassmen during the research paper process.
- Keeping overdue interlibrary loan items borrowed through the Smith Media Center reflects poorly on Bishop McNamara Catholic High School. The overdue charge for an interlibrary loan item borrowed through the Smith Media Center is $1.00 per day.
Students may borrow materials from Olivet Nazarene University's Benner Library by requesting a permission slip from Ms. J. This permission slip must be signed by a parent, Ms. J, and the student's current English teacher. Courtesy library cards at Olivet Nazarene University expire after one year, and students are responsible for borrowing and returning their own materials to Olivet. ONU will notify Bishop McNamara Catholic High School if a student has overdue books or has damaged books.
Students may browse Kankakee Community College's Learning Resource Center materials, but these materials are not available for circulation by Bishop McNamara students.
Fines and Lost Items
Students must pay fines accrued during the previous school year prior to their first checkout of the year.
Students are responsible for returning their materials on time. Each overdue item costs $0.10 per day. Fines accrue on days when the library is closed (including weekends) unless the closing is unscheduled.
Students who have outstanding overdue items will not be permitted to borrow materials until the overdue items are returned and fines are paid.
Students who have lost library materials will not be allowed to borrow materials until the replacement cost is paid. The librarian has the authority to determine the replacement cost of a lost material. The replacement value is calculated by the original purchase price of the material, its current value in the collection, and the actual cost of replacing it. The minimum fee for any lost material is $5.00. If the book will be replaced by a new copy, a $2.00 processing fee will be added to the replacement cost. Occasionally, the librarian will extend the option to the student to replace the exact material (same edition in perfect condition) in a timely manner. The student will then only owe the library a $2.00 processing fee.