Policies

Cell Phone Policy – Food & DrinkStudy RoomsStudentsFaculty & StaffBook ChallengesGifts & Donations – Acceptable Use Policy

Cell Phone Policy

Patrons are requested to restrict cell phone conversations to side rooms in the library such as the media specialist office, work room, or copy room. Out of consideration for other patrons, please silence all cell phones.

Food & Drink

Due to issues in the past, there is no food allowed in the library. Drinks in a container with a lid are allowed. Please be considerate of other patrons and your librarian by cleaning up bottles and drink containers and reporting spills immediately.

There are microwaves in the library work room that are available for student use, but the food must be taken to a different location for consumption.

Study Rooms

  • Group rooms are meant for no more than six people at a time.
  • Group rooms may be used by a group for a period of one hour per day.
  • Group rooms are meant for study groups and collaborative school work, not socializing.
  • Patrons may not sleep in group rooms.
  • Doors should not be locked by students during use.
  • Furniture from elsewhere in the library may not be moved into the study room.
  • Any furniture that is moved during use should be returned to its original location.
  • These rooms are not soundproof; be respectful of others working and studying in the library.
  • Groups are given priority over individual use.
  • If you are a drop-in individual or group, you may be asked to vacate for a group with a reservation.
  • Please take all belongings when you leave. The library is not responsible for any belongings that are left in the study rooms. Any belongings found after use will be held until 3:00 that day; after 3:00 they will be taken to the lost and found in the front office.
  • Food & drink, cell phone, and other library policies are enforced in group study rooms.
  • Study rooms can be reserved with Mrs. Massey or using the online reservation form.

Students

Students may check out up to 10 items at a time. Due date and renewals are detailed below.

Due Dates

Regular circulating books – 15 school days, 100 renewals. Students can renew books themselves (learn how here).
Textbooks – 1 school day, 2 renewals. Special requests can be made for long-term checkout and require a parent signature.
Graphing Calculators – due by 3:45 PM the day of checkout. Special requests can be made for long-term checkout and require a parent signature.
Chromebooks – due by 3:45 PM the day of checkout. Special requests can be made for long-term checkout and require a parent signature.

Overdues and Fines

Regular circulating books – $0.10 per school day per item; $5.00 maximum per item
Textbooks – $0.10 per school day per item; $5.00 maximum per item
Graphing Calculators – $0.50 per school day per item; $25.00 maximum per item
Chromebooks – $0.50 per school day per item; $25.00 maximum per item

Library fines can be paid in the library at the circulation desk.

Replacing Lost or Damaged Materials

When materials are not returned and become long overdue, the patron is billed for replacement cost. If materials are not returned or paid for within 60 days of billing, emails are sent out notifying parents of the lost items. Replacement costs are the list price of the book plus processing fees. Lost books must be paid for; they cannot be replaced with a donated book.

Reserves

Items can be reserved at the circulation desk or using the online catalog. Patrons will receive an email notification (sent to the primary email in iNow, unless the patron updates their notification information) for reserved items when they are placed on the reserve shelf. Reserved items can be picked up at the circulation desk. Items will be held for 7 days.

Printing & Copying

Printing and copying services are available in the library. Students can come to the library to print materials or they can email their documents to hthslibraryprint@trussvillecityschools.org. Documents will not be printed until students come to the library to claim them.

Pricing:
Black and White – $0.10 per page
Color – $0.25 per page

Contact the Circulation Desk

Phone: 205-228-4057
Email: hthslibrary@trussvillecityschools.org

Faculty & Staff

Staff may check out up to 200 items at a time. Due date and renewals are detailed below.

Due Dates

Regular circulating books – 180 school days, 100 renewals. Students can renew books themselves (learn how here).
Textbooks – 14 school days, 0 renewals. To have textbooks relocated to your classroom, contact with Joy Young.
Graphing Calculators – these are for student checkout only.
Chromebooks – these are for student checkout only. To reserve a cart of chromebooks, see the staff reservation page.

Overdues and Fines

Faculty and staff do not accrue overdue fines.

Replacing Lost or Damaged Materials

When materials are not returned and become long overdue, the faculty may be billed for replacement cost. Replacement costs are the list price of the book plus processing fees. Lost books must be paid for; they cannot be replaced with a donated book.

Reserves

Items can be reserved at the circulation desk or using the online catalog. Patrons will receive an email notification for reserved items when they are placed on the reserve shelf. Reserved items can be picked up at the circulation desk or delivered by an aide. If you are not set up in the catalog, contact the librarian.

Lamination

Lamination services are available for teachers for $0.25 per foot. Teachers may laminate their own materials after a short training session. Teachers may also drop off their materials for lamination by the librarian. The librarian laminates materials every Thursday afternoon.

Contact the Circulation Desk

Phone: 205-228-4057
Email: hthslibrary@trussvillecityschools.org

Book Challenge & Appeals Policy

The challenger must fill out our reconsideration request form and submit it to the media specialist. I will inform the Director of Curriculum of the challenge. The School Media Committee will evaluate the material against the objections, and they will prepare a written report and write a letter to the challenger regarding their findings. If the challenger is unhappy with the School Media Committee’s decision, they may request activation of the District Materials Review Committee. They will evaluate the material against the objections and evaluate the decision of the School Media Committee’s decision. The District Materials Review Committee will prepare a written report and write a letter to the challenger regarding their findings. If the challenger is unhappy with the District Materials Review Committee’s decision, the challenger can appeal to the Superintendent. The Superintendent’s decision will be final.

Gifts & Donations Policy

Thank you for your interest in supporting Hewitt-Trussville High School Library!

Monetary Gifts

Many of the classes at HTHS rely on research and instructional materials provided by the library. Your gifts enable us to provide the best in online and print resources for our staff and students. Monetary gifts can be delivered to the school or mailed to: Laura Massey at 6450 Husky Parkway, Trussville, AL 35173. Check should be made out to Hewitt-Trussville High School. Please indicate in the memo line that your gift is for HTHS Library. All gifts may be given in honor or memory of a person of your choosing.

Print & Media Donation Policy

Due to the amount of staff time, space, and funding required for processing physical books and the discard of unwanted items, the library is very selective about items accepted for donation. Please refer to the guidelines below before making a donation.

  • The library is always happy to receive fiction and narrative nonfiction titles that meet all the criteria below.
  • Please provide a list of titles before delivering a box of donations. This will help the librarian make collection decisions before accepting the donation.
  • All donations should be delivered in a container, such as a box or bag.
  • When received, all donated materials become the property of the HTHS Library. The library reserves the right to add, disperse, and delete them at the discretion of the librarians.
  • The library can furnish the donors with an acknowledgement of donation and the descriptions of materials, but cannot provide monetary appraisals of donations.
  • Arrangements for delivery must be made on an individual basis.
  • The library will not accept any of the following for donation:
    • Textbooks that are not currently part of a curriculum
    • Encyclopedias
    • Paperback books
    • Materials in poor condition
    • Any items 20 years or older
    • Books from other library, even if they were weeded

The American Library Association offers some great ideas for other organization that accept donations of used books. View their list.