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Library Information & Procedures

Policies of Kingston Middle/High School Library Media Center

Each student is issued a Student ID number when they enroll.  This number also serves as their student library account number.  (This number is also found on the barcode of the student ID card.)

Students using the library must engage in a meaningful activity.

Individual teachers may issue passes to the library to complete a classroom assignment.

Students who are loud, boisterous, or disruptive will be sent back to class.

Materials borrowed from the library must be checked out using the appropriate procedure. Books are checked out for 2 weeks. Special material is checked out overnight only.

Lost or damaged material is the responsibility of the borrower.

Report cards will be withheld at the end of the grading period until all overdue library materials are returned or paid for.

Students are expected to push in chairs, return materials, or discard trash before leaving the library.

Students assigned to the library are not permitted to leave and are to have materials with them.

Students may not eat or drink in the library.

Students using the Internet are NOT permitted to play games or access e-mail during school hours.


The library has 10 computers for student use. They are to be used for resource and research use. They are generally set up to provide student access to CD-ROM, Network, Online and Internet resources. We don't allow games to be played on them. All computers are connected to a laser printer. Since the computers have access to volumes of information it is sometimes appropriate to print out this information. If you wish to print out articles or other resources you have found, please ask for permission to print. We do not allow students to print without permission.

Types of books

Fiction Books (novels)
The library meaning of fiction book is synonymous with novel. Fiction is prose literature, esp. short stories and novels, about imaginary events and people. Because of the great number of novels, they have been separated from the other books and placed in their own section of the library.
Arrangement of Fiction Books
Fiction books are arranged in the fiction section of the library alphabetically by the author's last name. If the last name is the same for two authors, then the first name is considered. If two books are by the same author, then the title of the book is used for alphabetizing purposes.

Nonfiction Books (non-novels)
Nonfiction books are all books except novels.  Nonfiction includes all books of history, mathematics, science, art, biography, poetry, plays, etc.
Arrangement of Nonfiction Books
Nonfiction books are arranged in our library by the Dewey Decimal System. The book is assigned a number based on its subject and is arranged in numerical order on the shelves.

Reference Books
Reference books have a special purpose in the library. They are shelved in a special section of the library. They are used to get information for a report, to find an answer to a question, or to read about something in which you are interested. A dictionary, atlas, almanac, thesaurus, and an encyclopedia are examples of reference books. Reference books are arranged on the shelves by number and have a capital R on their spine. They are usually not checked out of the library, or if they are for only a very limited time.

Biographies tell the true story of a person's life. Biographies are written by authors telling the person's life story. Autobiographies also tell the true story of a person's life, but they are written by a person telling their own life story. Biographies in our library are shelved together and have B on their spine. They are put in alphabetical order by the person's last name whose life is being written about. Sometimes more than one biography is in one book. A writer may collect biographies and put them in one book. This is then called a collective biography. They are shelved together before the biography section and have 920 on their spine.