Library FAQs & Policies

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs

Due Dates: How long before my book is due?
  • Books are checked out for a 2-week period.  If the due date falls on a non-school day, the due date is the next day that school is in session.
Gale Research Resources: How do I get the user I.D. and password for home login to Gale Student Resources
  • The user I.D. and password to login to Gale Opposing Viewpoints  and Gale Student Resources from home are provided 1) on a handout in the library (by the door to the computer lab) and 2) when you login to your Aeries account on the home page.
Holds: Can I place a hold on a book?
  • Yes.  You can either tell the Library Specialist which book you would like to put a hold on OR you can place the hold yourself online.  Just go to the library page, click "login" at the top (your username and password are the same as your computer login at PHS), type in the name of the book that you would like to put a hold on, click on the title, then "hold it".
Hours: What are the library's hours?
  • M-F: 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
How many books may I check out at once?
  • Two
Late Fees: Shouldn't I be able to check books out for free?
Late Fees: Why does the library charge late fees?
  • The library began to charge late fees due to the large number of students keeping their books overdue for weeks, months, and sometimes even years.  During these overdue periods, the book is out of circulation for anyone else who would like to read it, therefore late fees were instituted to encourage the students to responsibly turn their books in on-time. Please click here to see PUSD Board Policy on late fees (look under section: "Fees").
Overdue Books: What if my book is overdue?
  • For every school day that your book is overdue, there is a $0.10 late fee.  However this will not exceed $3.00 total, and NO fee will be due if you either turn your book in on-time or renew it.  There is also no late fee if the student has an excused absence on the day the book is due. You may not check out any more books until you have turned in all late books and paid any fines. Please click here to see PUSD Board Policy on late fees (look under section: "Fees").
Reference Room: What is the purpose of the Reference Room?
  • The Reference Room is full of high-quality books with facts and figures that are excellent for doing research.  It is open to students at all times that the library is open, however these books may only be used in the library and are not available for checkout.
Renew: Can I renew my book online?
  • Yes.  Just go to the library page, click on "login", then enter the same username and password that you use to login to PHS computers, search the title of your book, click on the title, then click on "hold it".
Renew: Why won't the computer let me renew my book online?
  • If your book is already overdue, it will not allow renewals.  At this point, you must speak to the workers in the library to renew your book.
Status: Can I see online what books I already have checked-out and when they are due?
  • Absolutely.  Just go to the library page, click on "login" at the top of the page, and enter your login information (username and password are the same as your PHS computer login).  At this point you can see the status of all books, due dates, holds and fines.
Web Filter: Why does the school block some websites?
  • Congress enacted a federal law, Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA), that requires schools and libraries to implement Internet safety policies which address: "(a) access by minors to inappropriate matter on the Internet and (b) the safety and security of minors when using electronic mail, chat rooms, and other forms of direct electronic communications" as well as limit "offensive content" over the Internet.  PHS contracts with Butte County Office of Education (BCOE) to run our Internet filter.

Policies

 The PHS library maintains very basic rules for the students:
  • covered drinks only
  • no eating
  • passes required during class time
  • library for quiet schoolwork only (Exception: before school and during lunches, students may talk quietly, play games such as chess and cards, and use computers for non school-related use, although computer games are never allowed)
  • printing costs $0.05 per page (school work printing is free)
  • copying costs $0.05 per page (school work copies are free)
  • late fines on books are $0.10 per school day, $3.00 max late fine per book [fines can be totally avoided if the student: 1) turns book in on time or 2) renews book before it is overdue]
  • 1 Bobcat Buck will pay for 1 day's late fee (Bobcat Bucks are given to students when teachers notice the student going out of their way to do the right thing!)

The formal PUSD library policies for book selection, removal, etc. are linked below: