About the Overton High School Library

The John Overton High School Library is here to help you!

 

A few things you can do in the JOHS Library:

  • Check out a book from our HUGE collection

  • Check out a book from the public library through Limitless Libraries

  • Use our computers for research, school assignments, or job/college applications

  • Use our MakerSpace to create and design

  • Check out a DVD or Playaway

  • Enjoy a quiet lunch in our cafe area

  • Check out books in other langauges including Spanish, Arabic, French, Nepali, and more!

  • Work on projects using our materials (glue, scissors, markers, colored pencils, etc.)

  • Find out about the latest and greatest in young adult books from your librarians

  • AND MORE!

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Library Policies and Procedures

The John Overton High School Library supports teachers and students on a daily basis, and seeks to:

  • Provide leadership, collaboration, and assistance to teachers in instructional design and technology integration

  • Provide learning experiences that encourage students to become discriminating and skilled users and creators of information

  • Promote literacy through resources, programs, and activities  

  • Provide access to current and high quality resources in a variety of formats

                                             (Source: MNPS Library Services Dept.)

General Information

  • Library hours are 6:45 AM - 2:30 PM Monday through Friday. Any change in library hours will be communicated with signage and via the library website and Twitter account (@OvertonLibrary).

  • Students may visit the library before school, after school, between classes, during their assigned lunch period, or during class with a signed note from their teacher.  Visits during class time must have an academic purpose.

  • Students must sign in as they enter the library, including their first and last name, their teacher, and the time. A signed note from a teacher must be presented to library staff at this time.

  • Students may eat and drink in the library, but ONLY in the designated cafe area (tiled floor). In the carpeted area, students may only drink bottled water. If you are using or sitting at a computer, please keep the lid on your water.

  • Students should respect the academic environment of the library by using quiet voices. Disruptive behavior is not allowed.

  • Students using the library are expected to be respectful of library property, staff, and other students.

  • Students who do not follow these guidelines may be asked to leave.

Circulation

  • Students may check out library books for a period of two weeks, and DVDs for one week.

  • Students may check out a maximum of 6 items at a time; 2 of these may be audiovisual materials (playaways, DVDs, etc.)

  • Students may renew materials (extend the due date) if no other students are waiting for the item(s).

  • Each student is responsible for any items checked out to him/her. This includes paying for any books that are lost or damaged.

  • Books may be returned through the “return” slot at the circulation desk, or handed directly to a member of library staff.

  • Students who have long overdue books (over a month) will be expected to return their items before checking out additional items.

  • Students who have outstanding library materials will have a “hold” placed on their student information account. This means that report cards, transcripts, and, ultimately, the student’s diploma will be held until the student returns or pays for the lost materials.

  • Students may reserve books using our online catalog system. See a member of library staff to learn how to do this.

  • If we do not have a book or series you want, see the librarian to request it, or fill out the form on the library website.

  • The catalog is accessible from any computer, anywhere via the library website.

  • If you need recommendations or help finding a book, please don’t hesitate to ask the library staff. That’s why we’re here!

Computer Use and Printing

  • Computers are available for student use. Log in with your username and password.

  • MNPS computer use rules are posted near the computers. Please familiarize yourself with these policies. If you are not using the computers in accordance with these policies, you will be asked to leave the library.

  • Drop-in students (any student not visiting with a class) will be allowed to use computers on a first-come, first-serve basis.

  • If students are doing anything on the computers that creates noise, they are expected to use headphones to avoid disturbing other students.

  • Students are allowed to use the library’s printers for school-related purposes ONLY, unless by direct permission from the library staff.

  • Be sure to check with a librarian before printing, especially when printing from the Internet. Library staff may be able to help you print more efficiently.

Library Makerspace

  • The JOHS Library has a makerspace where students can pursue personal and academic creative pursuits using a variety of available tools.

  • The makerspace is available for teachers to use with their classes, or for individual students to use when their teacher gives them a note and permission to do so.

  •  Makerspace resources include a Mac computer, wacom tablets, circuitry kits, arts and crafts materials, and more.

  • Resources in the makerspace are free of charge as long as they are used in moderation and for academic/school-related projects.

  • All library policies apply in the makerspace. Please be respectful of the equipment and other students who are working. When you have finished working, leave everything as you found it.