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In line with the New York City Department of Education’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19, ISB’s campus will be closed until April 20th at the earliest. Distance Learning is now in session! Visit the Distance Learning Information Hub for updates and resources.

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Library Policies

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Learning Commons Rules

 

  • The Librarian is here to answer any questions
  • Visitors should use quiet indoor voices
  • Visitors must respect the space and materials
  • Children must be supervised by an adult at all times
  • All materials must be checked out by a Librarian
  • The Learning Commons is a cell phone free zone
  • No food or drinks are permitted in the Learning Commons
  • Students and caregivers are responsible for cleaning up after themselves
  • Students should always use a browsing stick
  • All middle school students must sign in at the Circulation Desk

 

Circulation Policy

 

Students in kindergarten and 1st grade students may check out 2 books per week.

2nd and 3rd graders may select up to 3 books.

4th graders and up may check out up to 4 books.
 
Students may choose to renew their materials for an additional two weeks. If a book(s) are not returned by the end of the school year, families are responsible for replacing the exact title or paying for a replacement copy plus a $10 shipping and processing fee.
 

Book Donations

 

At this time, we are unable to accept donations of physical materials (books) to the Library collection. Those wishing to donate gently used books must contact Director of Lower School Delphine Michaud at dmichaud@isbrooklyn.org about the possibility of adding them to classroom collections, pending consideration for relevance to the curriculum, or to save them for the Project Cicero and Books Through Bars book drives hosted by the Library in early March.

 

Material Selection Policy

 

Selecting books for the ISB Library is an ongoing process. Items are selected in an effort to support the academic and creative arts curriculum, and foster a love of reading. The librarian is responsible for selecting books, and suggestions from students and faculty are welcome. The ISB Library supports an individual's Freedom to Read and adheres to the American Library Association's Bill of Rights. Subscriptions to databases are purchased on a yearly basis and their usefulness is evaluated prior to renewing the subscription. Databases are purchased not to replace books within the library, but to increase the accessibility of information.

 

Procedure for Challenged Books

 

We value open communication and hope that any objections concerning materials in the library collection can be discussed in a friendly manner and preferably be resolved informally. If this is not possible, the inquirer will be asked to complete a Request for Reconsideration of Library Materials form. The form should be given to the librarian, who will then discuss the matter with the School Directors. It is imperative that everyone evaluating the material, as well as the inquirer, read the material in its entirety. A decision should be made quickly and the challenged material should remain in circulation during the process.