• Lugoff-Elgin Middle School Library Media Center

    Policies and Procedures


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    General Information


    Media Center Mission Statement

    The mission of the Lugoff-Elgin Middle School Media Center is to assist members of the learning community in becoming effective users of information and to foster the love of reading.


    Media Center Hours of Operation


    The Lugoff-Elgin Middle School Media Center will be open most school days Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30p.m .


    Media Center Staff

    Mrs. Baccomo - Library Media Specialist
    Mrs. Dorsey - Media Assistant 

    School Bell Schedule


    The morning bell rings at 7:45am and the afternoon bell rings at 3:00pm. 



    The LEMS Media Center operates under a completely flexible schedule so that it is available for collaborative planning and lessons. To encourage collaboration, teachers are asked to schedule times for their classes in the media center with Mrs. Baccomo through the library's website.


    Library Media Center Conduct Policy


    SPOT Expectations:


    S - Show Respect

    P - Practice Safety

    O - Organize Yourself

    T - Take Responsibility


    These are our Positive Behavior Intervention System (PBIS) Rules. They represent student expectations throughout the school year. These rules are posted in various locations in the school with specific examples for the expectations in that area.


    SPOT in the Media Center:

    S - Show Respect: Work quietly and be respectful of others

    P - Practice Safety: Walk/Keep your hands and feet to yourself

    O - Organize Yourself: Always bring your agenda and sign in and out

    T - Take Responsibility: Use your time wisely


    Collection Organization

    The library collection is divided into the following sections: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Biographies, Graphic Novels, SC Junior Book Awards, South Carolina, Professional, Magazines, Play Aways, Spanish and Reference.  To further promote access and use of the fiction section, we have organized this section by genre.  We have Adventure, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Humor, Mystery, Realistic Fiction, Scary, Science Fiction, and Sports.

    Media Center Orientation


    The Media Specialist will conduct a library orientation within the first few weeks of the new school year.  Students will be instructed on library policies and procedures.  Students will also be informed of how to utilize their school Google accounts and the school website.

    Daily Operations


    Library Policy

    • Students may visit the library media center anytime during the school day with permission from their teacher.

    • Students must go directly to the library media center from the teacher.

    • Students must remain in the library media center during instruction unless they ask permission to go to the bathroom or nurse.

    • Teachers should send students down in groups of no more than 3-5 students at a time unless the teacher accompanies the entire class to the library.

    • Students will have a scheduled library check out time with their ELA classes once every two weeks.

    • Computers are available for student use for academic purposes only.

    • Students may use library computers to print academic work.  Black and white pages will be free up to 3 pages and will be .10 for each additional page.  Color pages will be .25 per page.

    • Students must exhibit SPOT expectations while in the Media Center.

    • Failure to abide by these regulations will result in the students being sent back to the classroom.

    Circulation Policies


    Patron I.D. numbers

    When patrons are added to PowerSchool, the computer automatically assigns them a patron number.   Their names will automatically show up in the DESTINY software when the PowerSchool records are updated. When a patron comes to check out materials, his name will be looked up in DESTINY. 


    Loan Period

    Students can keep materials for 2 weeks.   Teachers, staff members, and administrators may check out materials for an indefinite amount of time.  Parents and community members are not allowed to check out library materials.


    Borrowing limits

    Students may check out up to 3 total materials at a time.  They may have 1 magazine at a time and one play away at a time.  They may not check out reference books.  Students may redeem 1 SPOT card to check out a 4th item from the library.   Teachers may check out an unlimited number of items, including, but not limited to, books, magazines, videos, technology and literacy materials.  Reference materials may be checked out to them for one day only unless other arrangements have been made with the media specialist.   Teachers may send students to the library to check out materials for them.  A note should accompany the student letting the media specialist know what the teacher wants checked out in his/her name.


    Overdue / Lost Materials

    Students who have any overdue materials or fines may only check out 1 item until the overdue or lost item is brought back or the fines are paid.  Exceptions will be made for class project needs.  Teachers may check out materials even if their record shows overdue items.  



    Students may renew a book 3 times.  If a longer time is needed, that student must meet with the media specialist to explain the situation.  The media specialist will then decide whether or not the student may have the book for a longer time.  A student must bring the book into the library in order to renew it.


    Lost/Damaged Materials

    If a patron has lost or damaged an item, he must pay for that item.  The patron will only be able to check out 1 item until payment is made.  Once payment has been made and a receipt given, the book may be marked as lost and will be taken off the patron’s record and a receipt will be provided. Payment must be made by the end of the school year for lost or damaged items.  If a patron pays for a lost item and the item is later found, NO REFUNDS will be given.


    Overdue Materials Report

    An Overdue Materials Report will be run each quarter and distributed to teachers to place in student report card covers.  Additional reports will be run and distributed to the homeroom teachers to cut down on the number of reports needed for report cards.