Library Policies

Borrowing Books:

  • Students can borrow up to 5 Library books at a time, not counting textbooks, books for research and class novels. This limit may be extended for students who have shown responsibility in returning their books.
  • Books can be renewed if no other student has a hold on them. You can place a hold on a book through your Destiny account, or by asking the Teacher-Librarian or Library Clerk.
  • If you have overdue or lost books, your borrowing limit may be reduced or put on hold until your account is clear.

We teach students to value and care for the materials that they borrow. All books in our Library collection belong to collectively to ALL our students.  By taking care of them and taking responsibility for them, students can ensure that books will be shared with others who would like to read them. Likewise, our textbooks represent a significant investment and are costly to replace.  As such they are to be used by classes for many consecutive years. Caring for textbooks while they are checked out to you is an important part of being a responsible member of our school community.

  • If a book is checked out to you, you are responsible for it. Do not give your borrowed books to someone to use.
  • Keep books away from food and liquids, pets and anyone who may handle them roughly. You are responsible for any damage incurred to your book while it is in your possession.

Damaged books:

  • If a book comes back with significant damage (liquid, dirt, rips, creasing), students will be asked to contribute towards the cost of replacement. Each damaged book will be assessed on a case-by-case basis by the Teacher-Librarian or Library Clerk, taking age and condition at time of borrowing into consideration. A notice will be sent home with the student (on paper) and emailed to parents/guardians.

Lost Books:

  • Can’t find a book? Make sure you check your locker, school bag, classroom (especially on shelves), home and vehicles. Often lost books are found when cleaning lockers, organizing classrooms, or tidying your house.
  • Occasionally, students will return the incorrect textbook.  This can happen if books have been accidentally exchanged with classmates, or shared between classes. Each student is responsible for writing their name in pen on the inside of their book to reduce the incidence of this.  Each student is also responsible for checking to make sure the textbook they return is the one they have signed out.
  • A book will be marked “Lost” if a student reports that they are unable to find it, or if it has been overdue for a significant period of time. All books not returned by June 19th will be automatically marked as “Lost”.
  • As a matter of policy, we do not charge late fees for books marked “Overdue” or “Lost” when returned to the Library.
  • If you believe you have returned your book, please come down to the Library and the Teacher-Librarian or Library Clerk will help you to search for it. Sometimes lost books are returned to shelves or tables by other students, or are not checked in properly, so there is a chance it may be found in the Library.
  • If the book cannot be found by either the student or the Teacher-Librarian,  a fee will be charged to replace it. Replacement fees for lost books will be assessed on a case-by-case basis by the Teacher-Librarian, taking age and condition at time of borrowing into consideration. A notice will be sent home with the student (on paper) and via email to parents/guardians.
  • All fees are payable to “Reynolds Secondary School” and should be brought to the Library. Please ensure it is in an envelope marked with your student number and “Library Fines”.
  • If financial hardship is a consideration in paying for lost or damaged items, please feel free to get in touch with our Principal who would be happy to assist you.
  • If a lost book is found and returned within one year after a fee has been paid, a refund will be issued.