Library FAQs

What time does the library open and close? What are the library hours?

Mon. - Thu. we are open from 7:00 am until 3:50 pm. On Fri. We open at 7:00 am and close at 3:00 pm. The library is also open during break and lunch.

Can I come to the library during class?

If your teacher approves you may come to the library during class. You will need a pass stating your name, the time you left the class, the time you are turn to class, the purpose for your visit and your teacher's signature.

When you arrive at the library you will need to sign in on the computer on the circulation desk. Put your pass in the pass box.

When it is time to return to your class make sure to sign out on the computer at the circulation desk and take your pass back with you.

We try to keep a few computers available during class time for students on passes but during class time our priorities are to teach and assist teachers with the scheduled library classes.

How many books can I check out at a time?

You may check out as many books as you need. If an entire class is doing research on the same topic, we may limit you at that time to two books on the class topic.

How do I know when my books are due?

The best way to find out when your books are do is to login to the catalog.  Make sure you have selected the Poway High catalog and then click on the login button at the top right corner.  Login with your Novell username and password. Then click on the My Info tab and you should see all the books  you have checked out and their due dates.

How long can I keep my library book?

Most books are checked out for three weeks, reference books are overnight only. You may renew a book as long as no one else has a hold request for the title. You may renew as many times as you need to. Renew by logging onto the catalog and click on My Info.  Then click on the renew button.

Does the library have ebook readers?

The library has ebook readers to checkout to students.  Students may check them out for three weeks at a time. A late return of an ebook reader will result in a $1.00 a day fine.  Overdrive ebooks and audiobooks may be downloaded to these readers.  If ebook readers are damaged or lost students will be charged the replacement price of the ebook reader. Please see library staff for checkout availability.

Does the library have a photo copier?

Yes, the library photocopier is owned and maintained but the printer vendor. It costs 15 cents a page to photocopy. It is a black and white photocopier.  There are two paper sizes, letter and legal. The photocopier does not make two sided copies. The photocopier can enlarge and reduce. If you are unsure about how to use this machine located to the right as you enter the library, please ask.

Are there fines for overdue books?

Yes, fines are 10¢ a day for a regular book, with a maximum overdue fine of $5.00.  Fines are 50¢ a day for a reference book or video, with a maximum overdue fine of $10.00.

How do I renew a book?

You login with your Novell login to the library catalog. Once logged in click on the My Info tab. Locate the book in your checked out items and click on the renew button. You may renew as often as you need to if no one else has a hold on the book. If you cannot renew it is because someone else has placed a hold on the book. You will need to return it and wait until the book is available again to check it out.

How do I request a book that is already checked out?

You need to place a hold on it. To do this login to the library catalog with your Novell login. Look up the book in the catalog. Once you have the book's record up on your computer screen you should see a Hold It! button on the right side bar. Click on it and you will be placed in line for the book. We will notify you when it is available for you to check out.

Does the library loan out ebook readers?

The library has ebook readers to checkout to students.  Students may check them out for three weeks at a time. A late return of an ebook reader will result in a $1.00 a day fine.  Overdrive ebooks and audiobooks may be downloaded to these readers.  If ebook readers are damaged or lost students will be charged the replacement price of the ebook reader. Please see library staff for checkout availability.

If you have further questions about the library please ask or complete a brief Questions and Comments form.

Textbook FAQs:  

Can I register if I still have textbooks out from last year?

Textbooks need to be returned or paid for at the end of each school year. If you need a textbook longer than a school year you must have written permission from your teacher. If you have overdue textbooks you may register on the late registration date.

Can I check out 2 sets of textbooks because I live at two houses?

Unfortunately, two sets of books are only available for students with a medical reason (this requires a signed doctor's note) or a notation in an IEP (individual education plan).  

Can I check out a textbook for a day or a period, I forgot mine?

No, it is your responsibility to bring your textbooks to class when required.

Last year I was charged a $14 bindery fine. What are the textbook fines?


If the cover of the book is the only part damaged beyond use, we can send it to the bindery to be recovered.  The bindery charge is $14. 

Other charges are:

    Post-it removal    $2.00
    Barcode removal  $3.00
    Writing in book    $1.00 per page
   Dog-earred pages   $1.00
   Minimal water damage $6.00

If the book is water damaged so that it is unusable or  has mildew the replacement price of the book will be charged.


These fines are in accordance with PUSD administrative procedure (6.84.1), the student and/or his/her parents are liable for the replacement cost or repair of any lost, vandalized, or damaged book.

How long do I have to let you know that my textbook has writing in it? 


You have a month after you received the textbook to notify us that your book is damaged.  We will make a notation of the damage so you will not be held responsible for it.
   


Computer FAQs:

How many computers are in the library?

There are 91 computers available for students to use.

Is there a printer I can print to?

The library printers are owned and maintained by an outside vendor. There are two printers, a black and white laser printer and a color laser printer. It costs 15 cents to print on the black and white printer and 50 cents to print on the color printer. Click for instructions on using the printers. The printers take change (no pennies) and dollar bills. If you have larger bills please ask the library staff for change.

What if I don't have money to print?

You can come to the circulation desk and borrow money.  It must be paid back before you can borrow for printing again.

If you owe fines or print charges from a previous year you will not be able to borrow from the library until those are paid.  If you accumulate fines/print charges of $10 or more you will not be able to borrow further funds until the fine/charges are paid in full.

Does the library have a scanner?

Yes, there is a scanner attached to a computer in the main library and another in L2  They are free to use.

Can I play games on the library computers?

Any educational games assigned by a teacher as part of a class assignment may be played on the library computers.  If not a class assignment, the students will be asked to adhere to the district guidelines for Student Internet Safety and Responsible Use - AP 3.39.1
Students may not download software to the library computers.