The Media Center is open for student use every school day. There are over 12,000 books, 25 computers, local and national newspapers, popular and professional magazines, as well as three staff members available to facilitate student research and reading.
Passes are required for individual students who come to the Media Center during school hours. Students are asked to sign in and out when they enter and leave the Media Center.
Teachers often schedule time for class use of the Media Center. At the beginning of a scheduled class, the Media Specialist gives a list of suggested print and computer resources to each student. The teacher and the Media Specialists then work together to answer questions and keep students actively engaged in the assignment. As a general rule, student note-taking is preferred over printing and photocopying of textual information. The Media Specialists may also provide an Assignment Alert to the Williamsburg Regional Library for long-term projects that require additional resources.
- Computers: Use of computers in the Media Center is regulated by the Network Acceptable Use Policy. According to the Williamsburg-James City County School Board, the computer network is to be used to “support research and instruction….use for any non-educational purpose….is not acceptable.”
- Printing: Computer printing is available in the Media Center.
- Circulation: Students are welcome to check out books from the Media Center. Reference books are to be used in the Media Center, but may be checked out at the end of day for overnight use at the discretion of the Media Specialist. All overnight loans are due back by 7:10 a.m.
Reserve book trucks are assembled when necessary to provide equitable access to resources, especially when more than one class is studying a topic. Reserve books are not checked out except at the direction of the teacher(s) for whom the reserve book truck was assembled.
Students cannot check out books when they have overdue material. Students should respond promptly to overdue notices. Students are responsible for payment of any material that is lost or damaged while checked out in their name.