Library Policies

Using the library during school hours, lunch and open 8th period:

  • If you are coming during class-time, you need to have a pass. Be sure to sign-in when you arrive and sign-out when you leave.
  • If you are on lunch and decide to use the library, you can come at the START of your lunch period.  If you want to regularly use the library during lunch, see the librarian for a semester-long pass that will go in your planner. 
  • If you are supposed to be in Study Support and sign in as being on lunch that is considered SKIPPING and disciplinary consequences may follow.
  • If you do not have an 8th hour, you may use the library for quiet study, reading, or quiet use of the computers, BUT you must arrive before the 8th hour late bell. If you arrive later you will need a signed pass. If you are wanting to socialize with friends, please plan to meet somewhere outside of school.


  • Most library books have a THREE WEEK loan period. If a student needs a book longer, she can renew it by bringing the book to the library for another three week loan, or stopping by the library so the librarian can renew the book online. You can also email the librarian to request a renewal.
  • When a book is overdue, the computer begins charging fines (see fine charges below) – but there is a GRACE PERIOD of one week. If you return an overdue book before it is more than a week overdue, the fines on that item are dropped.
  • Due dates are stamped in the back of every book. Overdue notices are sent to your student gmail account every week . Students are responsible for returning books even if they are not notified that items are overdue.
  • A student may have up to 5 items at a time.
  • Books may be returned to the library or the locked book box on the 2nd floor outside the main office.
  • A student with fines of $3 or more, may have only ONE book checked out.
  • Students are responsible for the books they check out; students will be charged the price of replacing lost or destroyed books.
  • Fines need to be settled before homecoming dance, prom or graduation ceremonies. Fines do not disappear just because you return the book, and fines carry over year to year.
  • HOLDS – A student may request that a hold be placed on a book that is checked out to someone else. Student will be notified by email when the hold comes in.


  • $.05 a day for most overdue items – but fines are dropped IF the item is returned or renewed within ONE WEEK of being overdue (this is the GRACE PERIOD).
  • $1.00 a day for overdue reference or special high demand items returned late.
  • Maximum overdue fine is $3 per item (but you will be charged the full replacement price for lost or destroyed books).


Computers in the library are primarily for searching the catalog, Internet and database research, word processing, PowerPoint, etc. The following are not allowed in any UHS computer lab:

  • Food or drink of any kind.
  • Attempting to interfere with or bypass security systems.
  • Altering the computer setup.
  • Using an unauthorized login.
  • Accessing Interactive sites without permission.

Also online music, games, and videos are NOT allowed unless they are being used for a specific class assignment.

Searching and Researching:

The UHS Library collection is fully searchable from our web page.  Google “uhs library″ to find our web page, then click on the “Destiny Catalog” link.  In addition to print material, UHS Library also subscribes to several research databases which are for staff and students. Links to them can be found on the library website.  When accessing these databases from outside the school building you will need usernames and/or passwords. The librarian will give these to you, but they must not be posted on any public sites.


No food or drink (except water) is allowed in the library.


Students may print up to 5 pages of schoolwork-related materials per day for free – additional printing is 5 cents a page, unless you clear it with the librarian.  Personal printing must be limited, school appropriate and is 5 cents a page. No song lyrics without a teacher’s permission. If you are printing out material on controversial topics you may be asked to get a note from your teacher.


If you need a photocopy for school related work, the library can do that for you.

Cell Phones / electronic devices:

School rules about cell phones apply in the library.  During your lunch or Off-campus, you may use your phone in the library.  IMPORTANT: taking pictures during school time without permission is NOT ALLOWED and may result in disciplinary action.

You may use a listening device with headphones and the sound should not be audible to anyone else.