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The Fundamentals of Library Services

Library Media Center Policies and Procedures

Our Policies are here for the Blackrock Library, and here for the Star Academy library (newer versions are up for review by the Board of Directors; links will be updated after Board approval) 

In an effort to maintain a safe and equitable teaching and learning environment, the following policies and procedures apply to all NCS Library Media Center users.
  • Replacement fees will be assessed for lost or damaged materials. Consequences for late materials may include demerits and/or loss of privileges for special school-related activities.
  • Computers and printers are available for school-related activities, such as class projects or assignments and homework. A signed Acceptable Use Policy must be on file to access the Internet.
  • Library Media patrons must log off their computer and push in their chairs before leaving. If patrons rearrange furniture, it must be returned to its original position.
  • Students who visit the Library Media Center during school hours must have a signed pass or be supervised by a teacher. All students must sign in upon entering and sign out before leaving.
  • Drinks and/or food are not permitted in the Library Media Center.
  • All Natomas Charter School rules are enforced at all times in the Library Media Center.
  • Library Media Center patrons are expected to be courteous and respectful to the Library Media staff and other Library Media users.

Library Bill of Rights

The Natomas Charter School Library and Media Center follows the rules, rights and procedures put forward by the American Library Association, starting with the Library Bill of Rights:

The American Library Association affirms that all libraries are forums for information and ideas, and that the following basic policies should guide their services. 

I. Books and other library resources should be provided for the interest, information, and enlightenment of all people of the community the library serves. Materials should not be excluded because of the origin, background, or views of those contributing to their creation. 

II. Libraries should provide materials and information presenting all points of view on current and historical issues. Materials should not be proscribed or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval.

III. Libraries should challenge censorship in the fulfillment of their responsibility to provide information and enlightenment.

IV. Libraries should cooperate with all persons and groups concerned with resisting abridgment of free expression and free access to ideas.

V. A person’s right to use a library should not be denied or abridged because of origin, age, background, or views.

VI. Libraries that make exhibit spaces and meeting rooms available to the public they serve should make such facilities available on an equitable basis, regardless of the beliefs or affiliations of individuals or groups requesting their use.

Adopted June 19, 1939, by the ALA Council; amended October 14, 1944; June 18, 1948; February 2, 1961; June 27, 1967; January 23, 1980; inclusion of “age” reaffirmed January 23, 1996.

A history of the Library Bill of Rights is found in the latest edition of the Intellectual Freedom Manual.