Learn About Our Library
Hours of Operation
Our library is open in accordance with the school calendar from 8:00 am until 3:00 pm.
All books are the property of Holy Spirit Catholic School.
Keep books in a safe place, away from any foods, liquids, or pets
- Do not peel or remove and labels or covers from books
- Use a bookmark instead of folding down pages
Lost or Damaged Books
It is the responsibility of the students and subsequently their parents to replace and/or pay for any lost or damaged books.
The Collection Development Procedures for the school library of Holy Spirit are established in accordance with the mission of the school. For more information on these standards and guidelines, please see the Collection Development Policy.
Donations and Gifts
The procedures for donations to the Holy Spirit School Library are specified through the Collection Development Policy. All gifts must have the accompanying form filled out and submitted in order to be accepted.
Books and resources are weeded within the library based on several standards, including multiple copies, inappropriate material, damage, or a lack of interest in circulation and/or curriculum. When items are selected to be weeded, they are placed in a location for students to have access to claiming them for a period of two weeks, and then they are donated to local charities.
When students break the aforementioned rules within the library, specific consequences apply. These are:
Students are permitted to check out two books simultaneously, except kindergarten and first grade whom are permitted one. Books have a checkout period of one week, and the Middle School section has two weeks. When returned, books must be given to a librarian for check in and re-shelving. If not returned by the due date, materials will incur fines of $.05 per day maxed out at $15.00. If an item is lost, it is the student(s)’ responsibility to pay for the replacement. Books that are returned damaged will be applied to the student(s)’ account for replacement. Books must be checked out before or after school, or during library time, not during the class times of other students. If a student believes that they have returned a book that is being shown as checked out and/or overdue, it is the student’s responsibility to speak with a librarian to resolve the issue and find the book. Overdue notices will be sent to teachers and parents once a month for resolution. Outstanding fines and checkouts will result in the student being unable to check out further materials and potentially restrict access to report cards at the end of the term.
Censorship is not encouraged at Holy Spirit Catholic School. It is not our place to determine what is acceptable and what is not; however, books that are not age appropriate or in accordance with Holy Spirit Catholic School’s mission will be removed. If a question or a problem arises, see the Censorship Form for information on how to submit a request for reconsideration.
Holy Spirit has a diverse age range. If a book is determined to not be age appropriate for a student, there is a form that may be signed by the parent granting permission for that book to be checked out to their student. The librarian may refuse permission to check out a book until this form is returned.
Volunteers must have Youth Protection I to work in the library. If they are ever present without the librarian, they must have Youth Protection II. While all help is greatly appreciated, there are pre-ascribed guidelines that must be followed and adhered. Volunteers are not to instruct students in their coursework. If a student needs assistance locating a book, volunteers are encouraged to help them; however, volunteers may not instruct students in terms of resource usage and class work. Volunteers must let the librarians know when they plan to be present. The library is a busy place, and there is not always accessibility. A volunteer(s)’ use of any library computer(s) must be approved by the librarian. This includes all laptops and desktops stationed in the library. If using a librarian(s)’ personal computer, the volunteer must cease when the librarian is not present. Permission is not universally granted, nor does it automatically carry over. Decisions about library organization and management must be approved by the librarian.