Policies

Borrowing

Grades 1 to 5:

Students may borrow up to four items per week; up to two in English and two or more in French or Spanish.

PreK and K:

Students may borrow up to two items per week in their language of study, at the discretion of their teacher.

Loan periods:

Grades PreK - 2: Five WIS school days.

Grades 3 - 5: Ten WIS school days. 

Students who want to exchange their materials sooner may do so.

Renewal:

Materials may be renewed as long as nobody else has requested a "hold" on them. Please bring materials to the library by their due date to request their renewal.

Materials:

Students may borrow print books, eBooks, audiobooks and magazines. Only one magazine (except for the current issue) and one audiobook may be borrowed per loan period. Students may not borrow DVDs or teacher (professional) materials.

Behavior Expectations:

The library is a place of learning where reasonable noise is understandable. When students are studying, a quiet atmosphere is expected. Voices should never be above a low level (PS's "level 2"). We should not be able to hear a conversation that is halfway across the room.

When browsing the collections, students must use shelf markers.

In September, 2013, all of the primary school students reflected on how they want people to behave in their library - how they want people to treat the space, the collection and each other - and contributed their ideas.

library behavior agreement
This Wordle reflects their common agreement. All students reviewed the ideas and agreed to honor it.






Overdue Materials

The Primary School Library does not charge overdue fines. However, borrowing privileges are suspended for students with overdue materials.

Students may check their library accounts to see their borrowed materials and due dates by logging into the Library Catalog. To log into the catalog, 

  1. Link to WIS's online catalog (http://wis.edu/library), select "Primary School."
  2. Log in with your Library username and password. This is usually the first two initials of your first name followed by your last name. The username and password are the same. Example: "Ima Student" would be "imstudent".
  3. Click on "My Info" tab at the top.

Damaged or Lost Materials

The replacement cost for a lost or damaged library item will be billed to the student’s account. In addition, a $5 non-refundable processing fee per item will be charged. If a lost item is located and returned to the Primary School Library before the end of the school year and library staff is informed, the replacement cost will be credited to the student’s WIS account. All payments and credits are handled by the WIS business office; please do not send money directly to the Library.

Because library materials are often purchased from companies which supply library bindings to better withstand wear and tear the Primary School Library does not accept replacement copies in lieu of the actual fees for lost and damaged items. 

A student who loses or damages beyond repair their library bag (one is assigned to each student in September for transporting their library materials) will be billed $10 for its replacement.

Computer Use

Computers and iPads are provided in the library for research-related and similar learning opportunities. Use of pre-selected educational apps and knowledge-sharing tools and software is encouraged. Purely personal use of the computers (for example, non-school-related email/messaging, Facebook, noneducational games) is not allowed. Read the WIS Technology Acceptable Use Policy in the Family Handbook for more details.

Donations

The Library gratefully accepts all donations of recent books  in good condition. Those that meet our selection criteria will be added to the collection. All others will in turn be donated to another worthy cause. Please contact us to make appropriate arrangements. Thank you!