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Ponaganset High School Library: Policies

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RILINK Interlibrary Loan Policy
(adopted February 3, 2016)


Please note: This consortium-level policy is meant to serve as a minimum guideline for RILINK member libraries. If a RILINK member library does not have its own Interlibrary Loan Policy, this policy will automatically apply. To inquire about a specific member library’s individual policy, please contact the library directly through the RILINK Member Directory.

RILINK’s mission is to foster innovative learning and creative research in school libraries through partnerships and resource sharing for student success.

In support of this mission, RILINK encourages all of its members to join the LORI Network and actively participate in interlibrary loan and resource sharing.

RILINK member libraries that become LORI member libraries and participate in resource sharing and interlibrary loan must meet the requirements of the LORI Standards and are expected to adhere to the following interlibrary loan policy:

  • All items in a participating library’s collection that are generally available to the library’s local patrons must also be available through interlibrary loan

  • Interlibrary loan requests must be filled (or declined) as quickly as possible

  • Interlibrary loan requests will be filled at the discretion of the school librarian

  • Interlibrary loan requests may be placed by patrons or library staff, depending on the needs of individual member libraries

  • Materials sent to fulfill interlibrary loan requests will be circulated for a minimum of 28 days to allow ample delivery time on either end of the loan period

  • Maximum interlibrary loan checkouts will be determined by individual member libraries

  • There is no charge for interlibrary loan transactions, with the following exceptions:

    • requesting libraries may charge overdue fines to requesting patrons who return interlibrary loan items late

    • requesting libraries may be billed the replacement cost of damaged or lost interlibrary loan items at the discretion of supplying libraries

  • A member library’s own patron hold requests will take precedence over interlibrary loan requests for the same item

  • Interlibrary loan requests may not be declined based solely on a requested item’s format

  • Items that are specifically reserved for in-library or classroom use may be temporarily excluded from interlibrary loan as needed

  • Any other collection items or special collections that are unavailable for interlibrary lending must be specified in the member library’s individual interlibrary loan policy; such restrictions must not violate compliance with the LORI Standards







The mission of the Ponaganset High School Library is to assist students in becoming lifelong independent learners while providing a welcoming and stimulating learning environment. The

library-media specialist strives to ensure that students and staff are effective users of information.


The library media program serves the varied needs, abilities and interest of its students by providing access to a wide range of materials in all formats.  In order to ensure access to statewide resources, the library media program is committed to supporting an online library system to network both within and outside of the school.  The Ponaganset High School Library supports and adheres to the standards and procedures of the Rhode Island Library Network and RILINK.


The library is a teaching library and supports the school's curriculum.  The materials and services are designed to primarily serve the needs of students and faculty of our school district.  However, community members are welcome to make use of library services and materials during the school year.  The hours of the library are from 7:45 P.M. to 3:00 P.M Tuesday-Thursday and 7:45am-2:25pm on Mondays and Fridays.


Students may use the library without a pass before school or after school Tuesday through Thursday until 3pm. Students must have a pass from their teacher to use the library during the school day. The library will maintain a sign-in log which will be used for attendance purposes.


All students using library resources will work quietly; any student choosing to do otherwise will be given a verbal warning.  If the warning is ignored, subsequent consequences may include after-school detention or suspension of library privileges.


Books on loan from the library are the responsibility of the person to whom they were loaned. Patrons who lose library materials will be responsible for paying the replacement cost of the item(s).


Students must follow the on-line technology acceptable use policy.


Students going to the library must have assignments or research to complete.  The library is not to be used for social purposes.  Game playing of any type is not allowed.