Library » Policies


In order for our library to operate efficiently for the benefit of the greatest number of students, the following rules and regulations are necessary:


Student Use:

  • The library will be open from 7:45 am until 4:30 pm each day.
  • Closes at 4:15 pm if there are no students OR when the last student leaves up until 4:30 pm.
  • Students will be admitted only with a pass during school hours.
    • Teachers must sign a pass for an individual student to enter the library during the regular school day. This includes student aides and/or students with Senior conference.
    • The teacher must state on the pass the student’s reason for coming to the library.
    • Students with a pass must sign in and out when entering and leaving the library.
    • Students with a pass using the library should secure permission from a library staff member to leave the library for any reason other than to return to the classroom.
    • The library must be reasonably quiet at all times.
  • Food and/or drink are not allowed in the lower stacks.
  • The use of earphones is allowed in the library by permission.
  • Cell phones will be allowed for library work by permission. Cell phones not in use for library work will be confiscated according to school policy. Students may receive one warning or no warning at all. These policies are sufficient for warning.
  • If a student cannot pay a fine, he or she may be able to work off that fine in the library at a rate of $2 per hour before or after school only.

Use of Materials/Fines:

  • Please take note of the due date (stamped when the book is checked out). Please return on time.
    • A fine of twenty-five cents (.25) per day will be charged for overdue books.
    • The total fine never exceeds the price of the material overdue.
  • Reference books are to be used within the library. At the end of the school day, reference books can be checked out for overnight use. These reference books are due the next morning before classes begin.
    • A fine of one dollar ($1.00) per day will be charged for overdue reference books
    • The total fine never exceeds the price of the material overdue.
  • Periodicals can be found at the online link on the Library Home Page.
  • All library records must be cleared before the end of each semester or upon withdrawal from school.
  • Lost or damaged books may result in student purchasing a replacement.


  • Because we cannot tell whose it is, when we receive a calculator with the barcode removed, that calculator is considered "lost". We will put that calculator back into circulation under a new barcode. The former barcode will still be attached to the last student who checked it out. That student will be responsible for payment.

  • If the calculator is returned with no cover, a $10 fee will be applied to the student's account.

Selection and Accessibility:
  • The Seminole High School Library staff selects, acquires, and provides free access to appropriate materials in multiple formats to all its community members. As technology increases and as the SHS community changes and develops, the SHS Library will remain a resource for physical materials and virtual use and storage.
  • The library staff strives to meet the current requirements and to anticipate future needs both in its collection services and in its inclusion for all students, faculty, staff, and community.

Responsibility for Selection: 

  • While suggestions for materials are certainly welcome from faculty, staff, students, parents, community members, the ultimate selection decisions will come from the librarian who will employ the selection strategies and criteria outlined in this policy.

Objectives of the Seminole High School Library Collections:

  • To promote literacy and to offer support for lifelong learning
  • To develop a love of reading both for educational and recreational purposes
  • To provide access to a variety of opinions on matters of current interest
  • To encourage constitutional freedom of expression
  • To support educational, civic, and cultural activities within the school community
  • To encourage continuous learning and to supplement formal study; to provide support as students encounter new information and new ways in which to acquire or present that information
  • To maintain a physical collection of resources that is available during operating hours.
  • To maintain a virtual collection of resources that is accessible twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, and throughout the summer months or vacation days when students are not in school
  • To provide materials which entertain the individual and enhance the individual’s enjoyment and understanding of life experiences
  • To incorporate skills from the classroom making them applicable in many forms


Current Collections:

  • GO Center--College Materials for students to use and take
  • Main Collection--Arranged by Dewey Decimal System and Alphabetized by Genre
  • Makerspace/TinkerStation--Learn by doing and playing
  • Reference Collection--Integrated into the main collection
  • Texas Collection
  • Texas Reference Collection

Methods and Criteria for Selection:

Libraries are historically inclusive rather than exclusive in their selection processes. Throughout the selection process, the librarian considers the diversity of our school community which holds a wide variety of views. Each type of material is considered for its own terms of excellence along with its intended audience. No single standard can be applied in all cases. Material may be judged primarily in terms of artistic merit, scholarship, or value as a human document; others are selected to satisfy the recreational and entertainment needs of students and professionals in our school community.



The librarian uses the criteria below in selecting materials. Materials are judged as entire works, not on isolated passages, topics, or sections. Gifts/donations offered to the library are evaluated using the same criteria. Members of the library community may suggest books or other materials be added to the library’s collection.



  • Popularity: attention of critics, reviewers, media, and the general public
  • Suitability of format, subject, and style: intended for secondary and post-secondary school library use including attention to the accessibility needs of our special needs population
  • Relevance: documents measuring and/or recording the current human era
  • Relation: must fit into the library’s existing collections
  • Authority: reputation or qualifications of the author, artist, publisher, or producer
  • Organization and/or ease of use: clarity accuracy, and logic of presentation
  • Cost and availability
  • Recognition: included in standard bibliographies or indexes
  • Representative: relevant movements, genres, trends, or national culture
  • Artistic: presentation and experimentation
  • Contemporary: material represents various points of view which are of current interest and/or possible future significance reflecting current conditions, trends, and controversies

Collection Maintenance and Evaluation:

Library materials are continuously assessed for condition, accuracy, currency, performance, and relevancy to library users within the context of the total library collection. The withdrawal/discarding of materials is a formal process conducted by knowledgeable staff as a necessary method to maintain collection viability, size, and scope. All of these discarded materials are offered first to the school community who may carry away free of charge; many will also be donated to the Gaines County Library System or the Lubbock Public Libraries for their annual library sales; only a few (beyond use) actually go into the trash.


Reconsideration of materials:

  • STEP ONE: If a member of the community should raise a question about the appropriateness of a particular item in the collection, the librarian will attempt to resolve the inquiry by a review against the criteria outlined above. A timely, considered response will be offered to the individual outlining why the book should or should not remain in the collection. 
  • STEP TWO: If the individual is not satisfied with the librarian's review, the individual may then elect to submit a “Request for Reconsideration of Library Materials” form to the principal of Seminole High School. He or she will apply due scrutiny to the material in question and will be the final arbitrator.

Universal Design

The library staff strives to make the library a place that is welcoming and accessible to all students. Materials are provided in accessible formats and can be manipulated for students who might need accommodation for access. Special care has been taken to arrange furniture and books, etc. to accommodate most needs. If you find the need for other accommodations, please let us know. The staff will assist in any way possible to accommodate access to information and physical space.